Friday, December 9, 2016 Updated: 12:30 PM
**WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect for Buffalo, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon counties from 4 PM Saturday until 9 PM Sunday**
**WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY also in effect for Houston, Winona and Crawford counties from 2 PM Saturday until 6 PM Sunday**
High pressure will be just to our west today, helping to finally relax some of these very persistent winds we have seen much of this week. A light westerly breeze can be expected along with more clouds than sun and a few flurries. Temperatures won't rise much, staying in the teens all day. This is actually colder than normal by more than ten degrees! Usually this time of year we are seeing highs in the upper 20s.
Hopefully you can enjoy the quiet weather today because the forecast is looking much more active for the weekend. The models are finally coming to some agreement on timing, track and impacts and although our numbers have been bumped up a bit, it still appears our southern counties will see the highest totals and greatest impact from this storm. Low pressure along a front is expected to develop in the Plains and track east. What initially appeared to be two distinct storms for the weekend (one Saturday and one Sunday) now is looking like one more prolonged snow event. After a quiet morning with a mostly cloudy sky and chilly temperatures starting out in the single digits, we'll see a more active afternoon. Snow will be arriving in Western Wisconsin by later afternoon or evening. The Chippewa Valley should get into this area of snow, while our southern areas will have a better chance to be located closer to any deeper moisture and therefore higher totals. We'll continue to see snow overnight and into Sunday, finally moving out later in the day. Most of the Chippewa Valley can expect about 2-4" of snow with 4+" expected south.
This will be a light, fluffy snow, so even with limited moisture, snowfall ratios will be on the higher side. Highs will stay in the upper teens Saturday and return to the low 20s Sunday.
Still a slight chance of snow Monday, but once any snow exits, an arctic front will arrive, ushering in the coldest air mass we've seen since last winter. Arctic high pressure will slide south from Western Canada and into the U.S. for much of next week. This will drop temperatures way below normal and we will have at least a few days with highs only in the single digits and likely our first sub zero nights of the season.
-Meteorologist Monica Ott