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Winter storm continues to make travel difficult Friday

By: SkyWarn13 Weather Team
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The heavy accumulating snow is done. We could still see a couple of areas of light snow into early this afternoon, but the trouble for motorists now is the wind. There are scattered power outages throughout Western Wisconsin. The Eau Claire YMCA says they're opening their building for free today, to anyone who doesn't have power. You can stop by and take showers, warm up, get out of the cold.

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This storm turned out to be one of the heavier snow producers of the season. Below you can see our prediction for this storm.

Here is a look at some of the totals from this storm so far thanks to the National Weather Service in Minneapolis:

INCHES LOCATION COUNTY

12.00 CLEAR LAKE POLK
11.50 RIVER FALLS PIERCE
11.00 CUMBERLAND BARRON
9.10 HAUGEN BARRON
8.00 MENOMONIE DUNN
8.00 STOCKHOLM PEPIN
7.50 HUDSON ST. CROIX
7.40 EAU CLAIRE EAU CLAIRE
7.20 NEW RICHMOND ST. CROIX
6.50 STOCKHOLM PEPIN
6.20 JIM FALLS CHIPPEWA
6.00 ELK MOUND DUNN
6.00 TONY RUSK
6.00 STILLWATER ST. CROIX
4.20 LADYSMITH RUSK
4.00 RICE LAKE BARRON

Thanks to more mixing with rain/sleet/freezing rain, the Coulee Region saw a lot less snow. Here are reports from the National Weather Service office in La Crosse per county.

...BUFFALO...
ALMA 5.0"

...CLARK...
OWEN 6.3"
ABBOTSFORD 2.8"
NEILLSVILLE 1.9 "

...CRAWFORD...
CLAYTON 0.5"

...JACKSON...
VAUDREUIL 3.1"

...LA CROSSE...
BURR OAK 3.5"
LA CROSSE 2.2"
HOLMEN 2.0"
FRENCH ISLAND 1.7"
WEST SALEM 1.3"

...MONROE...
TUNNEL CITY 2.1"

...TAYLOR...
MEDFORD 12.0 "

...TREMPEALEAU...
INDEPENDENCE 6.0"
OSSEO 5.8"
WHITEHALL 4.0"
ARCADIA 4.0"
IDUNA 3.0"
GALESVILLE 1.6"

...VERNON...
VIROQUA 2.0"
LA FARGE 1.2"
GENOA 1.0"
STODDARD 0.5"

Road conditions are snow covered across Western Wisconsin and roads are treacherous.

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The low pressure system responsible for all this snow is moving to the northeast, and the winds behind have dramatically increased. We have already seen wind gusts to 40MPH and sustained winds between 25-35MPH. This is leading to areas of blowing and drifting snow. Damage to trees and power lines will continue to be a problem. The heavy, wet snow has accumulated on them and could lead to additional power outages and other issues.

Colder air has also moved into the area. Overnight temperatures fell through the 20s and into the 10s. And, it looks like the cool temperatures in the teens will be here to stay at least through the middle of next week.

WINTER STORM WARNINGS are valid until 6PM for Price and Sawyer counties with WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES valid until 3PM across the Chippewa Valley and 6PM for most of the Coulee Region.

There have been some closings, cancellations and delays issued for Friday. You can see those by checking out the link below.

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You can stay up to date on the storm right here on weau.com along with future newscasts, SkyWarn 24/7 Weather and on our WEAU Facebook page and twitter pages.

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Here's several winter weather resources to check out including radar, road conditions, and other helpful information.

CLICK HERE for our INTERACTIVE RADAR

CLICK HERE for school closings/delays

CLICK HERE for statewide road conditions

CLICK HERE for instant info on watches/warnings/advisories

CLICK HERE for the Ready Wisconsin webpage

CLICK HERE for Wisconsin Emergency Management

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CLICK HERE for the Travel Wisconsin Snow Report


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