Early season snowpack develops for Northern Wisconsin

It’s not officially winter yet in Western Wisconsin. Heck, it’s not even meteorological winter, but don’t tell that to folks in northern Wisconsin where they’ve gotten off to a quick start when it comes to snowfall.

That powerful cold front that swept through the Midwest on Thanksgiving not only dropped temperatures but also dropped snow across Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. On the south shore of Lake Superior there was also some lake enhanced and lake effect snow to bring snowfall totals of up to a foot in Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, and Vilas counties. Below is a map of how much snow fell across the Iron Range through Northern Wisconsin on Thanksgiving and into Black Friday.

This area wasn’t done. There was another bout of snow Saturday night to add another inch. Temperatures through the weekend have been below freezing, so the snow pack has stuck around. Below is the snow depth for our area. You can see the farther south you travel the snow depth drops off quickly. Here in Eau Claire, we basically have nothing.

For places that have the snow, more snow looks to be on the way late in the day on Tuesday into Tuesday evening. Below is a look at one of our forecast models showing another quick inch or less as that system comes through.

Late in the week temperatures are forecast to steadily climb, and we’ll likely see some melting of this snowpack.

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