Monday Madness: Dangerous travel likely with near blizzard conditions

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A major winter storm is moving through the area with a combination of rain, ice and snow. The Chippewa Valley and surrounding areas can expect several inches of accumulation throughout the day, causing a severe disruption to everyday travel.

Rain, sleet and snow are all being reported leading to slick and snow covered roads and it will get even worse in the next several hours. The morning commute didn't come with too much hassle (aside from some slippery stretches around the Coulee Region causing a few accidents), but as the worst conditions persist with the height of this winter storm, the evening commute will likely be far worse. Several inches of snow will already on the ground, combined with blowing which will lead to very low visibility at times. Winds will be increasing to 15-25 mph for the afternoon with some higher gusts, bringing near blizzard conditions at times. Bottom line is travel will be very difficult for several hours that will include the entire afternoon.

Snow accumulations will be significant, with a swath of 8-12" currently forecast through the Chippewa Valley, stretching southwest down towards the Rochester, MN area. Either side of this heaviest band of accumulation, amounts will drop off rather quickly and places further south around the La Crosse area will see mostly a rain/snow mix, with perhaps just an inch or two of accumulation.

Here are a couple of snowfall totals so far:

3" Arcadia [Trempealeau]
3" Nelson [Buffalo]
3" Stetsonville [Taylor]
2" Osseo [Trempealeau]
2" Colby [Clark]
1.8" Elk Creek [Trempealeau]
1.5" Frenchville [Trempealeau]
1.5" Ettrick [Trempealeau]
1.4" Eau Claire [Eau Claire]
1.3" Mondovi [Buffalo]
.6" Hatfield [Jackson]

The storm will be winding down tonight, but travel impacts will likely continue to be felt right into early Tuesday morning.

For a complete look at the forecast, click on the Skywarn 13 Weather tab at the top of the page. The latest information on this winter storm will also be detailed on all upcoming WEAU 13 News broadcasts through the storm.

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