As of 6 a.m. Thursday, Eau Claire received 10.5 inches of snow with the late-season winter storm. The season total is 97.9 inches. 2018-19 is the snowiest “winter year” on record!
The previous record was 89.3 inches set in the winter of 1996-97.
Snow climate records in Eau Claire go back to 1893.
A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the Eau Claire area and a large part of west central Wisconsin until 10 a.m. Friday. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Buffalo, Jackson, and Trempealeau Counties.
An intense surface low will slowly slide over the Midwest on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday afternoon and evening, the weather will wild in Wisconsin. In the far north near Superior, snow will fall steady and heavy at times. In the southern half of Wisconsin, generally south of U.S. Highway 10, strong thunderstorms are possible. That is why Wisconsin Emergency Management decided to postpone the statewide tornado drills that were scheduled for today. The drills are planned for Friday, April 12th at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.