Sunny But Cold Today… Chance Light Snow Late Tonight Into Thursday

Wednesday’s High: 14F / Tonight’s Low: 12F – Last updated Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 8:39 AM…

It’s another very cold morning with early morning temps ranging from -10F around Eau Claire… to low teens far south around PdC. In between, temps are in the single digits above and below zero. Wind chills this morning are mainly in the -0s and -10s, so be sure to bundle up.

Expect lots of sunshine again today, but it will continue to be quite cold with highs ranging from the upper single digits (north & west) to the low-mid teens. Far southern parts of the viewing area could see highs in the upper teens.

A clipper system approaches from the northwest tonight, so expect skies to become cloudy. Chance of light snow after midnight, especially north and west. Lows tonight will be set this evening in the single digits to low teens… then temps will rise overnight as clouds thicken.

ALERT DAY for Thursday due to possible travel impacts from a period of light snow. That clipper system will track east/southeast across our area on Thursday, bringing periods of mainly light snow… but there could be brief bursts of moderate snow. There could even be a wintry mix far south/east where temps could climb into the mid 30s. The rest of us should see highs in the upper 20s to low-mid 30s.

Similar to the system this past Monday, I’m not expecting a lot of snow from this clipper… but it doesn’t take much snow to cause lots of problems on the roads. As of this morning, it’s looking like just a trace to 1″ of snow south, around an inch or two in the La Crosse area, then 2″-3″ (perhaps 4″?) far north and north/east, including the Eau Claire area. The slightly higher totals expected far north has prompted the NWS to issue a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY from late tonight through early Thursday afternoon… for Eau Claire, Clark, Chippewa & Dunn Counties.

The Thursday morning commute will likely be impacted, especially northern & western parts of the viewing area… as snow gradually develops south/east across the region. The afternoon/evening commute will likely still see some impacts, due to leftover slick spots from snowy/icy spots – especially on secondary roads and side streets. Stay tuned for updates on Thursday’s system!

Looking Ahead… Another weak disturbance could bring some light snow (light mix far south?) on Friday. Otherwise, expect mainly cloudy skies with highs in the low 30s. Light snow showers could linger into Saturday as well, especially through about midday. It will turn colder Saturday with highs in the low 20s. Sunday looks dry with partly cloudy skies, but it will be cold with highs only in the low-mid teens. Low temps Saturday and Sunday night will drop into the single digits, perhaps even a bit below zero north.

The latest forecast model data has me keeping temps colder than average right through at least next Thursday. Highs look to mainly be in the teens to low 20s, with lows in the single digits to low teens. Much of the period looks dry, with a mix of sun and clouds. However, some models graze our area with a chance of snow showers later Monday into Tuesday morning.

Stay warm today… and stay tuned for updates concerning the snow chances late tonight into Thursday. -Bill Graul

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