It was a chilly day yesterday with high temperatures topping out in the 20s and even some low 30s for those communities that got in on a little bit of sunshine. Clouds built back in overnight with a clipper system that passed on by with a few flurries. Expect those clouds to move back out for your Thursday with colder and sunshine moving in!
Decreasing Clouds This Afternoon, But Much Colder Overall!
We have a departing clipper system with a trailing cold front that worked through last evening. That cold front has left behind some cloud cover. cooler temps and some breezy northwest winds. That combination in addition to a reinforcing shot of cold air later tonight will mean a cold couple of days.
Today, expect quite a bit of sunshine once we hit your afternoon hours. Highs will only top out in the teens to near 20°. Northwest winds will average 10-20 mph. That will put the wind chill, at times, near 0°. Make sure to bundle up and cover all your extremities! Overnight, lows will be the coldest we have seen in quite some time. All Coulee Region communities will dip back into the single digits above and below zero. Our traditional cold spots in Black River Falls, Sparta, and Viroqua will be the coldest by Friday morning.
Continued Cold With More Sunshine Expected Friday…
The sunshine will continue for the end of your work week. A large area of high pressure grips hold of the forecast Friday and in through the weekend as well. Friday will remain cold with high temperatures only topping out in the teens and low 20s.
However, there may be a few more low 20s and teens because winds will shift from northwest to southwest. Southwest winds will average 5-10 mph, so we will still be dealing with a bitter wind chill. Overnight, we’re all back in the single digits above and below zero as winds finally relax.
Warmer Air Works In By The End Of The Weekend!
Our massive, Canadian high pressure system will sit and stall over the upper Midwest this weekend. While that is going on, a large winter storm will pass well to our south. Once this high pressure moves out by late in the weekend, we will see a warming up of temperatures.
We will be back to near average and at times next week, even above average! Of course with warmer temperatures comes moisture and the threat for more weather makers. We’re keeping an eye on it all for you! Join me on Daybreak beginning at 4:30 AM for the latest on our cold spell and when we are expected to warm up! See you there! Make it a great Thursday!
– Stormtracker 19 Meteorologist Alex Wasilenko