WINTER STORM WARNING: Snow continues, finally winds down tonight

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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.

TIMING: Snow is likely into tonight, though it may quit at times, another round of steadier, light to moderate accumulating snow is forecast to move in this afternoon and continue through the evening. The snow will then begin to break up some and become more scattered tonight, coming to an end sometime after midnight.

IMPACTS: Since the snow has been light and spotty since last night, conditions have improved, but as steadier snow returns, expect visibility to again drop and less traveled roads will continue to get covered. Winds are much lighter than they have been, but they will still blow 10-20 mph from the north, with still some minor drifting possible.

ACCUMULATION: As steadier snow returns this afternoon and into the first part of tonight, another 3-5" is forecast to accumulate in the Chippewa Valley. Up to the north and northeast, some places could see as much as another 6" before this ends late tonight. This will bring many areas up around a foot of total accumulation from this long duration event.

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