WEATHER ALERT: Snowy, slippery travel Wednesday

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It has already been a record-breaking month in Eau Claire, with more than 28 inches of snow being measured in the first two weeks of the month. This last week has been more quiet, but the pattern is ramping up again with the potential for 3 more snow events in the area before the month ends later next week.

In the short term, low pressure will be lifting into the state through the day, leading to widespread snow. Expect travel delays and cancellations as roads will be very slippery and snow covered at times. Plan on needing extra time to make it to your destination.

TIMING: The snow will continue through the morning and at least the first half of the afternoon before starting to taper off by the early evening hours. Lingering flurries are possible into the first part of the night.

AMOUNTS: Several inches of snow can be expected, with around an inch possible for the morning commute. The heaviest snow is expected to fall between 7 AM and 3 PM, when snowfall rates of .5 -1" per hour can be expected. Much of Western Wisconsin is expected to see 4-7" of accumulation before the storm exits.

Here are some totals so far:
5.2" Prairie Du Chien, Hudson
5.0" De Soto, Menomonie
4.5" Augusta
4.3" La Crosse
4.2" Gays Mills
3.0" La Crescent, River Falls
2.5" Mound Prairie, Eau Claire
2.3" Pickwick
2.0" French Island, Tomah
1.5" Boyceville
1.0" Chippewa Falls, Baldwin

IMPACTS: This will not be a very strong storm, but it will still bring widespread snow over a several hour period. The worst of the driving conditions will be in the morning and first part of the afternoon when the snow is expected to be the heaviest. This is when the snowfall rates will be higher, leading to visibility that may be down to a half mile or less at times. Winds won't be that strong, but a 10-15 mph breeze will be enough to lead to some blowing, adding to the lower visibility. Conditions should then slowly improve through the late afternoon and evening as the snow tapers off and exits.

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