Eau Claire (WEAU) -- A mix of clouds, some peeks of sun and light snow/flurries still possible through the afternoon. Temperatures remain on the cold side, remaining in the single digits. Those are closer to normal lows for this time of year and about 15-20° below our average highs.
The big story this afternoon will be increasing winds out of the northwest. They will be blowing at 15-20 miles per hour with gusts to 30 miles per hour or higher. This may lead to some issues with blowing and drifting snow this afternoon causing lower visibilities on the roads.
The stronger winds will also make it feel much colder. Wind chill alerts are valid from tonight until noon on Thursday when it will feel as cold as -25° to -45°. Overnight lows will plummet into the teens below zero and will not warm up much above zero until Friday.
Clouds should also be moving out this evening, leading to more frigid conditions early Thursday. The weather will at least be quiet, with more sunshine through the day, but it stays very cold.
Friday will be the one day over the next week when temperatures will warm some, back well into the 20's with the return of a southwest wind flow. A cold front will track this way from the north, also eventually bringing more snow chances into the afternoon and night. The front will clear the area by early Saturday, followed by more arctic air through the weekend and beyond.