Gloomy and dreary is how to describe a day like today. But, it made for a perfect day to sleep in and have breakfast in bed! If you got out and walked the dog today you may have needed your coat. But the light winds made for a more bearable experience. Winds will continue to stay light for the remained of the weekend. If you were hoping for sunshine it is just around the corner, so hold out for one more day. Temperatures are expected to warm slightly.
Sunshine For Sunday…
The view with your morning coffee may include cloud cover to start. As the low pressure, that is causing troubles in the south Midwest and southeast states will move off to the east. As it tracks east the instability and clouds will dissipate with it.
A high pressure will fills into the upper Midwest and much of the surrounding states will see sunshine by the end of day. So if your football team is out of the playoffs it will be a great day to get out and enjoy! Temperatures will be similar to today because winds will be switching from the northeast to southwest. Once the south winds take over the region that’s when temperatures will be able to see slight warming.
Mild & Boring…
The high pressure chases the left over energy of the low pressure and will take over the Midwest. Our area will have a gentle southerly wind. Southerly winds enforce temperatures to encourage warming.
So, to start off the third week of January has the potential to reach the mid to upper 30s. And there will be times of sun and clouds through mid-week. This will be a handful of more days to write down as above average. The jet stream is expected to move and bring a large ridge to allow for cold air to come from the north and a cold snap could occur by next weekend.
Dry & Brown…
One thing to note is we are staying very dry. There has not been a lot of action from the northern Alberta clippers that usually drop temperatures and bring heavy snow.
Since July 1st La Crosse has accumulated 6.0 inches of snow, normally by this date we should have received 18.8 inches. We are behind by 12.8 inches for far. Although, we still have plenty of winter left! So, don’t get to sad just yet. There is a chance for scattered snow showers by the end of next week. But as of now models are keeping it a light and quick event.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
-Stormtracker 19 Meteorologist Alyssa Triplett