A wild and whacky transition from summer to fall this weekend

On Saturday morning the autumnal equinox began at 9:49 A.M. The transition from summer to fall was an eventful one in Western Wisconsin. A vigorous area of low pressure dropped out of Canada and was able to change some rain showers to snow shower for northern portions of Wisconsin on Friday night. The system had enough cold air with it to produce a dusting snow from northern Minnesota through the Hayward Lakes area then along Highway 8 and surrounding areas. Below is a picture of a coating of snow on Saturday morning in the small town of Hawkins, WI. It’s just east of Ladysmith.

A cold area of high pressure dropped south behind the system clearing skies on Sunday night. Much of the Midwest including all of Western Wisconsin was under a freeze warning. There was enough of a breeze for the majority of the night to keep most places only a few degrees on either side of the freezing mark. However, there were several locations that dipped well down into the 20s. Below is a list of low temperatures from Sunday morning. La Crosse tied the record of 31 degrees that was previously set in 1974.

CUMBERLAND 32 F
CHIPPEWA FALLS 30 F
AUGUSTA 29 F
EAU CLAIRE 30 F
PEPIN 34 F
RIVER FALLS 27 F
ELLSWORTH 34 F
AMERY 29 F
FREDERIC 31 F
BALSAM LAKE 31 F
LADYSMITH 31 F
BALDWIN 27 F
GLENWOOD CITY 28 F
WOODVILLE 29 F
NEW RICHMOND 30 F
RICE LAKE 30 F
OSCEOLA 28 F
MENOMONIE 32 F
MARSHFIELD 30 F
HAYWARD 28 F
WINONA 30 F
LA CROSSE 31 F **TIED RECORD**
OWEN 31 F
NEILLSVILLE 31 F
BLACK RIVER FALLS 25 F
SPARTA 27 F
ETTRICK 30 F
GALESVILLE 30 F
MEDFORD 30 F
CAMP DOUGLAS 28 F
NECEDAH 31 F

Our first freeze was a little bit ahead of schedule this year. In Eau Claire, we normal see our first freeze somewhere between September 21st to September 30th. In La Crosse, this freeze was a good one to two weeks early. La Crosse normally sees their first freeze from October 1st to the 10th. Below is a map of the median date of this first fall freeze.



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