Yeah we had colder air temperatures last year, but the wind chills earlier today were just as cold as anything we probably saw last year. What's made it worse is we haven't been used to it. I mean really, we were in the 50s last week!
I was soooo cold shooting my story today it wasn't even funny. I had to take a couple of car breaks to warm up. Those guys carving that snow sculpture were pretty tough to be doing that all day today. You should check out the story below! It's amazing what they can create when it's bitter cold.
Wind chills this morning ranged from 20 to 40 degrees below zero. Here are some of the coldest I've seen:
La Crosse -30
Eau Claire -38
Rice Lake -39
Yeah, pretty frigid! The low this morning was -11 in Eau Claire and -7 in La Crosse. The coldest temperature in the viewing area I spotted was cool -16 in Hayward. In the afternoon in Eau Claire the best we could get up to was -1.
The Twin Cities managed to get below zero just before midnight last night. That meant they tied the record for latest date in a winter of reaching below zero. That kind of goes to show how tame this winter has been when it comes to Arctic air.
Temperatures are plummeting again tonight and could be even a few degrees colder than last night for lows. Clouds will be increasing late tonight so that should help keep temperatures from getting as cold as they could have been. Either case it's going to be another bitter cold start to the day for Friday. The difference...we have some snow on the way. Counties along I-90 and south are under a winter weather advisory from 3AM tonight to 6PM Friday. These areas could see 4-7" of snow. Snow totals taper off as you head north with 1-3" around Eau Claire.
The morning commute might be a bit rough. The snow should end through the afternoon. That means the downhill skiing competition at Silvermine should be fine for tomorrow evening. Speaking of Silvermine, I'll be out there tomorrow seeing how folks there have been dealing with the weather. Look for a live report Friday evening. I get endure some more cold weather. Good thing it'll be a fun story! Stay warm!