Eau Claire, Wis. (WEAU) An historic winter storm will continue to impact Western Wisconsin today. The storm is already responsible for dumping anywhere between 4-12" on the area, with the lowest amounts to the far north and also in parts of the Coulee Region and the heaviest southeast of Eau Claire, where parts of Jackson County have reported up to a foot. Eau Claire officially stands at 8" as of this morning. Though the snow does come and go at times, it is expected that we will see another steady round this afternoon and into the evening, with additional accumulation.
The storm has weakened in the last 24 hours, but remains very large in coverage, with still plenty of moisture streaming into the eastern part of Wisconsin. It is centered over Northern Illinois and will continue to move up to the northeast. This now puts us more on the backside of the storm, with precipitation coming back over our area from the east and southeast.
The lulls we have seen in the snow have helped road crews catch up with conditions, so we should continue to see improvements. Driving on the main roads will be manageable while side streets will take longer to improve. Temperatures will remain in the 20's however, so slippery areas will remain right into tonight, especially as more snow falls.
Winter storm warnings have been extended until 10 pm tonight for our entire area, with the expectation of more accumulating snow this afternoon and into at least early tonight.