Tricky Travel Tuesday Night into Wednesday
We continue to track a rather potent storm that unfortunately looks to impact our area… just in time for pre-Thanksgiving travelers. An ALERT DAY for the Tuesday evening through Wednesday timeframe, due to travel impacts from snow, rain and/or mix. Strong winds also expected Wednesday.
A WINTER STORM WARNING is in effect from Tuesday evening through 6PM Wednesday for the northwest half of the viewing area. This includes the following counties: Wabasha, Winona, Fillmore, Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson, Pepin, Eau Claire, Dunn, Chippewa & Clark. These areas have the best chance of seeing several inches of snow. Early estimates are in the 5″ to 10″ range for storm totals.
La Crosse and points south/east would see less snow since the precipitation could fall as rain or a mix at times. At this point, amounts could be in the Tr” to 5″ range. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for Houston, La Crosse, Monroe from 9 PM Tuesday through 6 PM Wednesday.
Thanksgiving travelers: If you can, my advice is to travel tonight or Tuesday through mid-afternoon. Later Tuesday into Tuesday evening is when the snow/rain/mix will start to develop into our area from SW to NE. The snow or mix will then taper and shift east around midday Wednesday. Travel conditions may improve later Wednesday, depending on how much snow fell at your location and/or where you need to travel to/through, etc. It will also be quite windy Wednesday, which could cause blowing snow.
In the shorter term… it will remain dry tonight with mostly cloudy skies. Lows will range from the upper 20s to low 30s. A good portion of Tuesday will be dry with thickening clouds. Highs will be in the upper 30s. Potent low pressure will track northeast into the Upper Midwest later Tuesday, with snow or rain developing late in the day or Tuesday evening from southwest to northeast.
Snow/rain/mix will continue Tuesday night, perhaps even changing to heavy snow north of I-90 Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. Lows will range from the upper 20s to low-mid 30s.
The snow or mix will taper and shift east around midday Wednesday, but winds will increase from the NW 15-30 mph, with gusts to 40 mph possible. This could cause blowing and drifting snow in areas that see an accumulating snowfall. Highs Wednesday will be in the mid-upper 30s.
Looking Ahead… Thanksgiving Thursday looks mainly dry with partly sunny skies. Highs will be in the mid 30s.
Another potent storm system could impact our area for after-Thanksgiving travelers. It’s early to pinpoint details on this later week storm, but right now it looks like a chance of rain and snow moving in Friday from southwest to northeast. This storm looks to be a slow mover, so rain and snow could continue to impact the region Saturday and even into Sunday. Highs will be in the upper 30s to near 40F Saturday, then mid 30s and breezy Sunday.
Partly sunny and breezy Monday with highs in the middle 20s. Next Tuesday also looks dry with highs in the middle 20s.
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