LA CROSSE, Wis - High Today: to / Low Tonight: 14F - Last updated Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 6:50 PM...
Look for a dry and seasonably chilly night tonight. If you are up late, you will notice an increase in clouds. Temperatures will drop into the teens, but as clouds increase they may steady off or even rise toward daybreak.
Tonight's increase in clouds is caused by our next storm system that will track across the region tomorrow into tomorrow night. We'll start Thursday under a mostly cloudy sky. Light snow will develop to our west during the day, possibly reaching parts of the area by late afternoon into the early evening. Warmer air will then get pulled into the system, which may cause the snow to change to a wintry mix of sleet, snow, freezing rain and rain in areas along and south of I-90. Farther north, mainly snow will fall. The latest data suggests snow totals of 2"-4" are likely across the northern third of the viewing area, with lesser amounts of a trace to 2" as you head south. for I-90 and points south, ice accumulations of a trace to nearly one tenth of an inch are possible. Because of the possible travel impacts with this system, we are calling late Thursday and Thursday night an "ALERT DAY." Be sure to check later forecast as any change in the storm track will have significant impacts on precipitation types and amounts. Be sure to download our free News8000 First Alert Weather App to keep up to date on this system.
Any snow showers or wintry mix should taper and shift east early Friday morning, with the rest of the day looking dry with decreasing clouds. Highs Friday will be in the mid-upper 30s.
Looking Ahead... Another storm system looks to impact the region on Saturday. Temperatures look like they'll climb into the mid-upper 30s, resulting in a mix of rain and snow. The latest data suggests the mix will change to snow in the north, with some accumulations possible Saturday night and a wintry mix possible farther south. This next system shifts east early Sunday. Once again, this system could impact travel from late in the day Saturday into Saturday night, so we have called Saturday an "ALERT DAY."
We'll try for some sunshine Sunday, but it will be breezy with highs in the mid 30s. Monday and most of Tuesday look dry at this point with above average highs in the upper 30s Monday to around 40° Tuesday.
Another system could impact the region around the middle of next week, but the forecast models have been struggling coming up with a solution on what day... so for now we'll broad brush a chance of light snow or wintry mix from Tuesday night through Thursday. High temps Wednesday and Thursday will be in the mid-upper For.
Overall, it's looking like a rather active weather pattern to wrap up the month of February.
Have a great night and be sure to check later forecasts! -Cory Malles
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