LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Kelly Slifka
**WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL NOON TODAY FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES: CHIPPEWA, DUNN, EAU CLAIRE, PEPIN, PIERCE, ST. CROIX**
**SNOW AND MIXED PRECIPITATION MAKE FOR MORE SLICK TRAVEL THE NEXT FEW DAYS**
The early morning commute will be impacted by a mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow so allow for extra time getting around in the morning.
Even though surface temperatures will continue to slowly rise through the day, the atmosphere will cool enough to allow for primarily a wet snow event this afternoon. This forecast carries plenty of uncertainly with respect to how much snow may accumulate, and in part has to do with how much mixing occurs and how long does it last. Afternoon temperatures are forecast to rise a few degrees above freezing while wet snow falls, and as it looks now, bringing a few inches by later in the day. The snow should continue for a time into tonight, leading to a total accumulation of 2-4" by early Thursday morning.
This will all occur out ahead of a front to our west, while a wave of low pressure forms further to the south. This system will track to the southeast on Thursday, still bringing light precipitation to the state. We can expect additional light accumulations of snow and possibly some mixed precipitation as we don't drop much below freezing at night and return to the mid and even upper 30's during the day. What falls should be pretty light and with the milder air, accumulations should be minimal. Low level moisture will linger into Friday and this keeps spotty light snow and rain in the forecast, but like Thursday, impacts should be pretty minimal overall. It will finally dry out and the milder weather will continue through this upcoming weekend as any cold air remains trapped well to our north. Don't expect much change in forecast highs and lows as we stay several degrees above average for the later stages of January.