Winter weather encroaching

Published 10:04 am Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Here comes the snow. Here comes the cold.

The National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis., forecasts a high of 43 on Wednesday with a chance of rain, but a weather system currently making its way over the West Coast could dump snow in southeastern Minnesota by Thursday night. The chance of snow is forecasted at 80 percent, with 1 to 3 inches of accumulation possible.

According to NWS meteorologist Zack Taylor, the heaviest snowfall will likely occur north of the area, from central Minnesota to northwestern Wisconsin. Thursday’s forecast calls for a chance of rain in the afternoon with a high of 37, possibly turning to snow later with an overnight low of 23.

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Then the cold will set in. Friday’s forecast calls for a high of 30 and overnight low of 13.

Taylor said an arctic front moving through on the weekend could chill temperatures to 20 degrees below normal for the date: about 17 degrees on Saturday with a low just hovering above 0.