EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) A late season winter storm is bringing winter weather and gusty winds to the area. A few low pressure systems stretched from South Dakota to Iowa will consolidate into a single storm, move eastward, but remain to our south. As this occurs the storm is forecast to gradually weaken and conditions will gradually improve through the day.
TIMING: Occasional light snow is likely this morning before moving to the south and ending through the afternoon.
ACCUMULATION: Most of the expected snowfall is now on the ground. Much of Western Wisconsin is expected to fall in the 3-6" range which you can see in the graphic below. Reports are coming in and we have seen some locally higher amounts in places that saw heavier bands for a longer duration.
Here are some reports so far:
12" Stone Lake
10.5" Trego, Sarona
8.3" West Salem, Hayward
7.5" Onalaska, Cumberland, River Falls, Birchwood
7.2" Saint Joseph, Mound Prairie
7.0" Medford, De Soto, Winona, Earl
6.3" Holmen, La Crosse
6.1" French Island
6.0" Tomah, Chief Lake
5.5" Prairie Du Chien, Frenchville
5.2" Stoddard, Caledonia
5.0" Chili, Steuben,
4.3" Eau Claire
4.2" Balsam Lake, Park Falls
4.0" Mauston, Genoa, Boyceville, Hatfield, Butternut
3.9" Black River Falls, Phillips
3.6" Four Corners
3.0" Cedar Falls
2.8" Sun Prairie
1.1" Jim Falls
IMPACTS: Blowing and drifting snow will continue to be a problem through Tuesday. The strongest winds are getting behind us now, but gusts of 30 mph are still possible. Sustained winds will also drop to around 12-20 mph leading to visibility less than a mile at times. Be ready for changing conditions through the morning commute and any plans before noon. The combination of snow covered roads and some blowing and drifting will make for difficult travel at times early today so plan for a slower drive. The good news is that the snow still falling is very scattered and will remain that way early before tapering off this afternoon.
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