LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Drew Williams
Most of us waking up this morning to a fresh 0.5-1.5" of snow. The weather for the rest of the weekend looks quiet plus temperatures will gradually rise above average as we head into next week.
A front that moved through last night bringing the latest round of snow exited the state today. With its departure we saw less active weather for the start of the weekend. Today has been a great day to travel or do some holiday shopping in the area. Still a few slick spots on secondary roads from Friday night's snow but no real concern with road conditions across Western Wisconsin. There were a couple of times with sun but most of the day remained mostly cloudy. Afternoon highs were close to average in the Chippewa Valley in the mid 20's but a bit warmer in the Coulee Region, with highs in the low 30's. Overnight lows will fall to the upper teens and 20's for most of the region. Sunday should be a few degrees warmer with clouds and sun and highs in the lower 30's.
The break from the colder weather will continue into the early part of next week as the coldest air stays to our northeast while a milder Pacific flow rides just to our south. Monday will be partly sunny and a touch milder with highs in the mid 30's. It will also be breezy as the next cold front arrives from the west by the evening. This front will slide through dry, shifting winds and allowing for some cooling into the middle of the week. Behind this front drier air with high pressure will return sunshine next Tuesday, with highs in the low 30's.
For the first time, forecast models are now indicating a storm system may come together in the Northern Rockies early next week, sliding east and possibly impacting the Upper Midwest with snow and rain by late Wednesday and Thursday. It's much too early to give any detail on what may happen, we have to see how things evolve over the next few days and see if a trend develops with the track and intensity of this system, however it has the potential to be the first higher impact event of the cold season for our area, so definitely worth watching. As that system exits it looks to turn much colder for the final day of the work week.
Have a great rest of the weekend!