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Eau Claire -- The calendar now says December, and the start of meteorological winter is really looking like it! And, by the end of the week, the coldest air of the season will move in making it feel a lot like winter, too!
Light snow is falling and will continue on and off throughout the day. We are already seeing a coating of snow on many roads and grassy surfaces. Temperatures will top out around freezing this afternoon which could mean some rain/sleet mixes in with the snow showers. Steadier snow showers will develop this afternoon into evening, especially for our northern counties. This could slow down the evening commute with a chance for some light freezing drizzle as well. Monday night looks snowy with most locations picking up about a trace to an 1" of snow. North of Highway 64 it's possible to pick up as much 2-4".
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect from 3PM today until 3AM Tuesday for Polk, Barron and Rusk counties. Total accumulation of 2-4" possible. The main impact will be on travel. Roads will be slick and snow covered. Be ready!
More rounds of precipitation are in store for Tuesday. Likely starting off as snow or a wintry mix and then much of the Chippewa Valley and down through the Coulee Region can expect a change-over to rain as temperatures reach into the mid and upper 30s.
Snow will continue up north. Burnett, Sawyer, Washburn, and Price counties are under a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY from 6 PM Monday to 6 AM Thursday. These are the areas that will likely see several inches of snow over the next few days.
Colder air looks to push into the region on Wednesday. This will likely switch most of the precip back over to snow. In all, areas in our far northern counties could end up with 6+" by the time the storm moves out. Temperatures will fall toward 30 for Wednesday and continue to plummet for the remainder of the work week.
It'll be very windy on Thursday as well leading to bitter cold wind chills. It only gets cold Friday into Saturday as an Arctic air mass will set up shop right over the Upper Midwest. Temperatures do start to improve a bit by Sunday afternoon.
Be careful out on the roads!