Travel Alert: Icy mix through Tuesday morning commute

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Eau Claire, Wis. (WEAU) - After a general lull with just patches of freezing drizzle, another round of snow, sleet and freezing rain is in the forecast into Tuesday, just in time for the busy morning commute. These conditions will keep all untreated surfaces slippery, including roads, driveways and sidewalks. If you do have to be out on the roads, make sure to plan for extra time getting to your destination safely. Once this latest round of wintry precipitation exits, lingering freezing drizzle is possible through late morning before the afternoon brings improvements.

TIMING: Freezing drizzle will continue to be possible into the overnight, while the next round of heavier and more organized precipitation arrives after 2-3 am. This will exit the area by 7-8 am Tuesday morning, but freezing drizzle may continue before noon.

IMPACTS: Travel is going to be difficult through the morning. Additional snow and sleet accumulations will not be significant, but 1-2" of new snow will fall to the north. In the Eau Claire area up to an inch of snow and sleet is possible with additional light icing, while locations between Eau Claire and La Crosse may be hit with the heaviest icing. A glaze of ice between .10-.25" is possible and will not only coat roads, but trees and power lines, adding to the level of impact. Road conditions are expected to slowly improve through the afternoon and evening as drier air begins to arrive.

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