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Bitter cold weather today…
Morning lows in the area dropped to between -30 to -40 degrees. Officially the low in La Crosse was -33°, breaking the old record of -30° set in 1994. Other lows in the area were as low as -44°. That low was recorded in Preston, MN. That will certainly bring down the average temperature for January!

Bitter cold lows
Bitter cold lows

Warming tonight and tomorrow…
It’s still pretty cold overnight with sub-zero temperatures, but they won’t be nearly as cold as last night. Expect most readings to be in the single digits to teens below zero. Temperatures on Friday will finally warm to above zero for the first time since Monday evening. Afternoon highs will rise to the upper teens to lower 20s.

Forecast Highs Friday
Forecast Highs Friday

Even warmer for the weekend…
Bringing warmth back to the Upper Midwest will generate some clouds. Southerly winds will bring temperatures in the 30s to near 40 degrees on Saturday under a mostly cloudy sky. The highs will reach into the lower to middle 40s on Sunday. From Thursday morning to Sunday afternoon the thermometer will have risen 78 degrees!

Futurecast Saturday Forecast
Futurecast Saturday Forecast

A storm system for early next week…
Clouds will begin to increase on Sunday afternoon leading to a chance of very light rain or drizzle, but the best chances of significant rain or snow will wait until early next week. Sunday night and Monday will feature periods of rain.

Futurecast Monday
Futurecast Monday

Colder air in the wake of the storm…
Colder air arrives later Monday and snow makes an appearance for Tuesday into Wednesday. Details are still to be determined, but we may be shoveling snow again next week.

Bitter cold weather comes back…
The jet stream will bring another shot of arctic air for Wednesday and Thursday, maybe even longer. It’s too early to tell if the air will be as cold as this week’s frigid air mass.

For more details on the ups and downs of the forecast, make sure to tune into Daybreak, Mid Day, our 5 pm, 6 pm, and 10 pm Reports. You can also catch more forecast details by downloading our free Stormtracker 19 Weather App!

Be warm and have a great night!

– Stormtracker 19 Chief Meteorologist Dan Breeden

Dan Breeden

Dan Breeden

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