LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Monica Ott
Snow is winding down but the cloud cover remains and temperatures have stayed mild for winter, in the 20s. As you head out this morning be ready for snow covered roads and a slower morning commute. Although the heaviest snow is on the ground it will be a little while before road conditions return to normal. Allow the plow crews space and time to do their jobs. Winds are still on the stronger side which may blow around some of the snow and limit visibility at times.
Snow totals from the last 24 hours continue to come in and as expected we are seeing some pretty impressive amounts in the Chippewa Valley, generally in the 6-10" range. Further west along the Minnesota border in parts of St. Croix and Pierce counties there have been several reports of 10-12" with the bullseye over Southeast Minnesota where over a foot fell in many areas! The rain/snow line set up in the counties between Eau Claire and La Crosse, where amounts were much less.. in the 1-4" range.
Improvements will continue today as the storm moves further away and weak high pressure builds in from the west. Clouds will give way to increasing sunshine while breezes will still be felt in the morning, those winds will relax for the afternoon. Temperatures will be more seasonable with highs in the mid 20's. Some extra clouds will return at night with a weak disturbance sliding down from the northwest, and some of these look to hang around through at least part of Wednesday. It will remain dry though and highs will again be in the 20's.
The last few days of the week will see milder air return as winds shift back to the southwest. The next low pressure system will be located over the Northern Plains with a cold front stretching to the south. This system will take a much further north track than our current storm, keeping us in its warm sector. We start to feel this on Thursday as high pressure moves to our east and the wind shift takes place. It will be another day with clouds and sun with temperatures climbing back into the mid 30's. The mildest day will likely be Friday as the front approaches but it will have very little moisture with it, so rain chances have diminished, with just the chance of a shower at night. During the day it will be at least partly sunny with southwest breezes and highs returning to the unseasonably mild 40's.
Somewhat colder air will then follow heading into this next weekend. It will be dry both Saturday and Sunday with variable clouds and sunshine. Saturday will drop back down to around the freezing mark, while temperatures drop further on Sunday with highs returning to the lower 20's. At this time the weather remains pretty quiet through this entire stretch with mainly dry conditions.