It was another blustery day across the Coulee Region for your Wednesday. Wind gusts, especially early on, topped 30+ mph.
Those winds were out of the WNW and were drawing in colder air all day long. That cold air is now setting the stage for an extended chilly stretch of weather. There will be some peeks of sunshine today. However, that colder air will set the stage for the possibility for some light snow late tonight through Friday morning.
Dry & Cold With Some Peeks of Sunshine Today…
An area of high pressure out to the west will influence our weather for your Thursday. It will do several things to impact your forecast. The first thing it will do is relax those winds. Winds will be out of the west on the order of 5-10 mph with no high wind gusts expected. Secondly, that area of high pressure will allow for peeks of sunshine throughout the afternoon. It looks like clouds will have a hard time clearing out completely, so we’ll call it mostly cloudy today.
The last thing high pressure will provide are cooler temperatures. Highs will remain in the 30s for your Wednesday afternoon.
Light Snow Possible Tonight!
Overnight, an area of low pressure ejects out of the central plains. It isn’t a very strong system. In fact, it won’t become stronger until it heads east of Wisconsin and into the Great Lakes.
The area of low pressure will work into the Coulee Region late tonight with some light snow possible. Lows will dip back into the upper 20s with light NW winds. There may be a little mix of rain/snow to start, especially south of I-90.
Slippery Friday Morning Commute For Some…
The flakes will still be flying on Friday morning with some scattered snow showers throughout the area. Those snow showers will shut off by mid-morning as the area of low pressure pulls away and begins to strengthen.
Snowfall accumulations, when all is said and done, will total a dusting to upwards of an inch in some spots. Isolated two inch amounts will be possible through far southern Crawford and Richland counties. The highest totals will be southeast of La Crosse.
The snow may make for a slick morning commute on Friday, especially on bridges and overpasses. Behind this system, winds will kick back up out of the NW at 10-20 mph. Join me on Daybreak beginning at 4:30 AM for more details on that light snow possibility tonight and the cold air that’s settling in. See you then! Make it a great Thursday!
– Stormtracker 19 Meteorologist Alex Wasilenko