The start of November means we are heading into the final month of meteorological fall, but we are getting a jump on the more winter-like weather as snow returns to much of the area through the day. And, it will definitely still be feeling more like winter as temperatures remain more than ten degrees below average.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued valid until 7 PM Wednesday in Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Polk, Rusk and St. Croix counties. The alert for Sawyer and Price and Washburn counties is valid until midnight. Clark and Taylor counties are under the alert from 2 PM until 10 PM.
A warm front will bring snow quickly into parts of Western Wisconsin overspreading the Chippewa Valley, leading to a snowy afternoon. Temperatures are likely to hold in the lower 30's until later afternoon when a slow rise is expected. This will be a wet snow that could come down quick enough to stick to the roads, sidewalks and driveways so conditions may become slick, especially in the counties under the advisory. Further south any snow is likely to change over to rain after an hour or two, limiting overall impacts and accumulation. From Eau Claire to the north it may end up staying mostly snow before tapering off in the evening hours. This will likely impact the evening commute, so plan accordingly and know that you may need to take it slower on the roads.
Winds will be blustery at times leading to lower visibility especially this afternoon and evening with the falling snow.
Eau Claire can expect an inch or two, while further north there will likely be places that pick up between 2-4 inches of snow accumulation. Be prepared for some slower travel due to the snowy conditions as that first sticking snow of the season typically leads to fender benders and slide-offs that can be less numerous when using caution and making necessary adjustments to the actual weather conditions.
Below is a map of the counties under the advisory and the expected snowfall accumulation in the area.