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13 FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY FRIDAY: Winter storm to bring accumulating snowfall, strong winds, and dangerous travel

Clouds remained dominant throughout the area today as it was the “calm before the storm” with our next winter storm starting to organize and strengthen in the Southern Plains. Much of Western Wisconsin has gotten into clear skies early this evening, but clouds will be quick to fill back in as our storm system starts to track northeast. As moisture continues to increase and lift northward overnight, snow will begin to overspread our southern counties first, reaching the Chippewa Valley between 4-6am with temperatures cooling through the teens. Low pressure will build further northeast into the Central Midwest tomorrow with a trough extending northwest into the region. This will give way to widespread, steady snowfall throughout the day with periods of moderate to heavy snow expected. Winds will also turn strong out of the north and northeast with near whiteout conditions possible at times as a result of blowing snow. Because of the anticipated impacts and dangerous travel conditions, tomorrow has been declared a 13 FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY. Travel is not advised, so you’ll want to stay home if you can.
Friday is a 13 First Alert Weather Day for accumulating snow and wind (WEAU)
The National Weather Service has also upgraded most of the area to a Winter Storm Warning, which is where the highest impacts and accumulations are currently expected to occur. Further northwest, a Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect with slightly lesser impacts and accumulations, but travel will still be slippery with low visibility at times.
All of Western Wisconsin is under a Winter Storm Warning or advisory through Saturday (WEAU)
As the storm slowly tracks over Michigan tomorrow night, periods of snow will continue with the trough still situated overhead. This will even continue into Saturday as winds remain strong and gusty out of the northwest. By the time it is all said and done Saturday evening, we’ll have a wide range of totals, from just a few inches in our northern areas, to half a foot or more further south.
Significant snow accumulations are likely for much of the area (WEAU)
Once the snow moves away, the weather story shifts to an arctic blast that will plague the region through next week. Temperatures will start out in the low teens on Saturday, then fall throughout the day before we bottom out several degrees below zero at night. In fact, both Sunday and Monday have the potential to not make above zero during the day with sub-zero lows. Not to mention, wind chills will become dangerously low during this period, with “feels-like” temperatures as low as 30 below at times. Additional 13 First Alert Weather Days will likely be warranted to highlight the impacts. By Tuesday, high pressure will be drifting far to the south with winds coming out of the west and southwest. This will allow for a slight improvement as we look to just barely reach above zero. A weak low could bring a few snow showers mid-week as temperatures climb into the low teens before we cool back down on Thursday with mostly cloudy skies.
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