A snowy Tuesday, expect travel impacts

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) Welcome to April! The month began with January-like temperatures and now yet another late season winter storm promises to bring a fresh dumping of snow on the state, this time further south.

The storm is developing in the Central Plains and is forecast to track to the east and northeast, passing through Northern Illinois on Tuesday. This would put all of the area on the cold side of the track and will lead to accumulations. The one caveat is the fact that it is April, and the sun angle is pretty high in the sky which means daytime snow may have a bit more difficulty with accumulating on roads, especially once the plows have been out and they have been treated. Still, this will be a heavy, wet snow that will bring out the shovels.

CURRENT ALERTS: A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 1 am Wednesday for Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Rusk and St. Croix counties and until 4 am Wednesday for Buffalo, Clark, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Price, Taylor, Trempealeau and Vernon counties in Wisconsin and Houston and Winona counties in Minnesota. These are the locations for the potential of heavy accumulating snow and impacts to travel. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Crawford, Grant, Polk, Sawyer, and Washburn Counties until 4 am Wednesday.

TIMING: The first round of snow brought about 1-3" of snowfall Monday afternoon and evening. The next round will be even longer, stronger and more widespread lasting most of Tuesday. The storm will be intensifying as it slides east and northeast, tracking into Northern Illinois. Finally, as the storm moves further east, the snow is forecast to diminish by around midnight, ending thereafter.

INTENSITY: Through the entire day, expect continuous snow with moderate to occasionally heavy bursts.

ACCUMULATION: Some places have already seen 1-2" of accumulation with the Monday afternoon snow, with another already reported 1-2" early this morning. During the day, another 3-6" of accumulation is expected, but with the time of year, the snow should again have more difficulty adding up as much on the roads, especially once they are plowed and treated. Total accumulations currently look to be in the 5-8" range for a large portion of the area, while local amounts greater than 8" can be expected.

TOTALS SO FAR:
5.0" Holcombe [Chippewa]
5.0" Hatfield [Jackson]
4.5" Montana [Buffalo]
4.5" Granton [Clark]
4.2" Cochrane [Buffalo]
4.0" River Falls [Pierce]
4.0" Medford [Taylor]
4.0" Menomonie [Dunn]
3.7" Osseo [Trempealeau]
3.5" Ladysmith [Rusk]
3.3" Gilmanton [Buffalo]
3.0" Hatfield [Jackson]
3.0" Lublin [Taylor]
3.0" Northfield [Jackson]
3.0" Eau Claire [Eau Claire]
3.0" Hixton [Jackson]
3.0" Winona [Winona]
2.5" Colby [Clark]
2.5" Lewiston [Winona]
2.0" Owen [Clark]
2.0" Minnesota City Dam [Winona]
2.0" Roberts [St. Croix]
2.0" Chetek [Barron]
2.0" Chippewa Falls [Chippewa]
2.0" Baldwin [St. Croix]
1.9" Black River Falls [Jackson]
1.8" Rice Lake [Barron]
1.7" Balsam Lake [Polk]
1.5" Elk Mound [Dunn]
1.3" Durand [Pepin]
1.3" Stockholm [Pepin]
1.2" Ettrick [Trempealeau]
1.0" Altura [Winona]
1.0" La Crosse [La Crosse]
0.5" Mound Prairie [Houston]
0.3" Four Corners [Monroe]
0.2" Warrens [Monroe]
0.1" West Salem [La Crosse]

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