Today’s winter storm continues to lift off to the northeast this evening. We are seeing dryer conditions work in from the southwest, but we will remain under the clouds for the rest of the overnight. Snowfall totals averaged 2-5″ across the Coulee Region.
Today’s snowfall was minor and it created major travel headaches. As this snowstorm exits, another is ramping up for Monday night through Tuesday evening.
Winter Weather Alerts Already In Place For Next Snowstorm…
Winter Storm Watches are already in effect for the entire Coulee Region for our next major winter storm. The winter storm watch will cover Monday night through Tuesday night. During this time, it is advised that you stay off the roads. Moderate to heavy snow will cause very high travel impacts beginning Monday night and lasting through a bulk of Tuesday. Major snowfall accumulations are likely with this event.
Winter Storm Timeline…
Monday will start off with lots of cloud cover as our latest winter storm continues to gather strength to our southwest. Clouds will continue to thicken throughout the day as high temps top out in the 20s for many Monday afternoon. Easterly winds will kick up between 7-15 mph as the storm approaches western Wisconsin.
Monday evening is when we start to see the first flakes flying. The snow will advance from south to north across the Coulee Region AFTER the evening commute. The Monday evening commute looks decent for now, but roads will quickly deteriorate as the snow works in. That snow will continue for the overnight and it will be heavy at times.
Snowfall rates could reach 1-2″ per hour overnight into early Tuesday morning. That snow will heavily impact the Tuesday morning commute. The winter storm will end as a few flurries and snow showers as you head home from school/work Tuesday. Road conditions will remain messy through Tuesday night.
Early Call On Snowfall Totals For Monday PM – Tuesday PM
Snowfall totals with this latest winter storm are expected to be quite impressive. There will be an ample amount of moisture to work with and it will be a prolonged event. Those two factors alone will make for some major snowfall accumulations for nearly everyone. You can expect the heaviest of snow to fall overnight Monday into early Tuesday morning.
We are talking about a solid 8-12″ snowfall for most areas across the Coulee Region. There will be slightly lesser amounts to the southeast of La Crosse. Crawford and Richland counties could see upwards of 6-8″ when all is said and done Tuesday night.
Very High Travel Impacts Expected With Next Snowstorm!
The Monday morning commute is looking perfectly fine. There may be a few leftover slick and slippery spots from Sunday’s snowfall, but overall don’t expect many delays. As we head into the afternoon conditions will remain dry. It isn’t until just around or after the evening commute that snow begins to work in.
That snow looks like it will impact the Monday evening commute for communities south of I-90. Folks north of I-90 should be able to make it home without any issues. Monday night into Tuesday is when road conditions worsen. We’re talking very high travel impacts with snow covered roadways and reduced visibility. Travel will not be advised Monday night into Tuesday morning. Road conditions won’t begin to improve until late in the day. Stay off the roads if at all possible late Monday into most of Tuesday.
It’s a very active weather pattern that continues to plague the upper Midwest. Make sure you staying up to date on the latest forecast and are planning ahead for the next big storm. Make sure to download the Stormtracker 19 Weather App for the latest forecast updates. You can also catch us on the 10 pm Report tonight! See you then!
– Stormtracker 19 Meteorologist Alex Wasilenko