With flooding along the Mississippi a constant concern this time of year, Mother Natures is trying to throw one last shot of a wintry mix over the region. Just how much of it will hit this riverside city?
At 4:53PM CDT, the temperature in La Crosse, WI was 41 degrees under overcast skies. A strong area of low pressure over the Central Plains trails a cold front down into Texas, and is kicking up some rather nasty thunderstorms this afternoon, with a few reports of tornadoes already streaming in. An inverted trough off to the north of the low extends all the way up into the Western Dakotas, and is the focus of some heavier snows over the next couple of days. This low is expected to trek eastward towards St. Louis over the next 24-36 hours, then turn towards the northeast and beeline towards Michigan. A few light showers have pushed north of the system today over the Upper Midwest, but nothing heavy. All of the heavier precip is expected to linger over SD/NE tonight into tomorrow morning, but will start to pick up over southwestern WI Friday night into Saturday morning. Most of this is expected to be rain through the late evening and early overnight hours, but with temperatures dropping towards the freezing mark Saturday morning as colder air continues to get pulled in from the west, there’s a slight chance that some snow showers could mix in with the rain as daylight comes around Saturday morning. In any event, the snow won’t stick around for long if it does come to fruition, and change back over to lighter rain showers through Saturday afternoon, before drying out Saturday evening as the system pulls away. Some rain showers on Friday night could be moderate at times, and winds behind the system on Saturday could be quite blustery. In other words, certainly not a great way to kick off this weekend.
Friday: Few light rain showers early, returning late evening and increasing in intensity. High 51, Low 36.
Saturday: Rain showers through early morning, possibly mixing with a light snow shower, trailing off by late afternoon. High 48, Low 35.
TWC: Friday: Rain showers early, returning late. High 53, Low 38.
Saturday: Possible snow shower early, otherwise rain showers trailing off after noon. High 51, Low 36.
AW: Friday: Afternoon rain showers. High 47, Low 36.
Saturday: Morning rain, then cloudy, windy for afternoon. High 52, Low 35.
NWS: Friday: Rain showers in morning. High 52, Low 34.
Saturday: Rain in morning, increasing in afternoon. High 46, Low 35.
WB: Friday: Rain in afternoon/evening. High 50, Low 33.
Saturday: Possible rain/snow shower in morning, then rain in afternoon. Windy. High 45, Low 33.
A few bands of higher clouds are flowing over the Upper Midwest, despite a deck of overcast skies entrenched underneath. In the far lower left, you can see some of the intense thunderstorms over Nebraska and Kansas marked by the bubbly-looking nature of the cloud tops.