EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) Nearly two full months into the meteorological fall season and overall it has been pretty warm. We are currently running about 4.5 degrees above average for the month of October and the last thing on most people's minds may be winter weather. On average though, that first snow isn't unusual in October, as we typically see about a half inch for the month. This time of year can bring quick weather changes and that is exactly what is headed our way. The warmth of recent weeks has faded and as the pattern has changed, colder air is now making a run into the region.
A low pressure system and cold front centered over Northern Minnesota is bringing the first snowflakes of the season to much of Western Wisconsin. Snow will be flying over much of central and Northern Minnesota during the day, so if you have travel plans there, you may run into some slippery travel.
Back here in Western Wisconsin, after some snow showers this morning (with a total of 1.4" in Eau Claire), we can expect mostly rain during the middle of the day with temperatures hovering near 40. Over in Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties there is a chance for some accumulating snow into early afternoon with 2-3" possible. This will lead to issues for motorists, especially with strong winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour. Be ready for changing conditions, low visibility at times and some slippery stretches.
A little more wet snow is possible heading into the evening when temperatures will cool. The precipitation will continue to fall through the night, and this is when much of the area will have the best chance to see some minor accumulation. Any wet snow would then exit before daybreak Saturday as temperatures drop down near or just below 32.
Snow is not expected to easily stick to roadways with the warmer weather we've had and soil temperatures still mainly in the 50s. This means any snow is most likely to accumulate on those colder surfaces, including grass, car and roof tops, etc. For much of the area, amounts are expected to be minimal, under an inch, but further north and west some places may end up with a few inches in places like Rusk, Barron, Sawyer and Price counties. Again, travel is really not expected to be impacted, but slick roads will be possible just from the combination of rain/snow and wet leaves.
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