Blowing snow to slow traffic Monday

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Snowfall for January is still below average by about an inch in Eau Claire but we are slowly chipping away at that amount. Sunday into early Monday most areas in the Chippewa Valley received about 1-2" of snowfall. Higher totals have been reported across the Coulee Region where amounts are closer to 6". Storm total accumulations could reach up to 8" around the La Crosse area while totals north will remain lower, mainly about 2-4".

Here are some of the snowfall totals so far:
7.0" Winona [Winona]
6.5" De Soto [Crawford]
6.0" La Crosse [La Crosse]
5.5" Warrens [Monroe]
5.3" Mound Prairie [Houston, MN]
4.7" Stoddard [Vernon]
4.3" Ettrick [Trempealeau]
4.1" River Falls [Pierce]
4.0" Galesville [Trempealeau]
4.0" Bloomer [Chippewa]
3.7" Stockholm [Pepin]
3.5" Black River Falls [Jackson]
3.5" Tomah [Monroe]
3.3" La Farge [Vernon]
3.0" Independence [Trempealeau]
3.0" Cornell [Chippewa]
3.0" Elk Mound [Eau Claire]
3.0" Baldwin [St. Croix]
3.0" Cumberland [Barron]
3.0" Riplinger [Clark]
2.8" Ladysmith [Rusk]
2.8" Fall Creek [Eau Claire]
2.6" Rice Lake [Barron]
2.5" Chetek [Barron]
2.5" Sparta [Monroe]
2.4" Eau Claire [Eau Claire]
2.0" Boyceville [Dunn]
2.0" Nye [Polk]
1.0" Hudson [St. Croix]

More snow today and with several inches already on the ground roads will be slick, especially some of the secondary roads which may still be untreated and not plowed. Take your time when driving. This afternoon as winds really pick up from the northwest at 10-20 mph visibility will be reduced. This is grainy, sugar-like snow which is easily blown around, so be ready for changing conditions. A few snow showers may linger into tonight but then we will see these exit around midnight at the latest, leaving us with a cloudy sky and eventually some lighter wind speeds.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until midnight for Buffalo, Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon counties and until 6 PM Monday for Barron, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, and Taylor counties.

Temperatures will be cool for this time of year and with the winds, it will be feeling even colder. Most of the area can expect wind chill values in the -10s to -20s. It will feel even colder in Minnesota where a Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until noon Tuesday for Winona and Houston counties. Real feel values are expected to be between -20 to -30° in those southeastern Minnesota counties today and tomorrow.

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