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Light snow, bitter cold, winter storm, oh my!

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Regional - Futurecast Temperatures - Euro 9km

Wednesday started quiet with temperatures in the teens but they will quickly climb into the 20's as our next round of snow develops.

Light snow is expected from mid-morning until mid-afternoon Wednesday. Winter weather advisories have been issued both north of the Chippewa Valley for snow accumulations above 3'' and south due to freezing drizzle and light snow set to make things slippery.

Here in the valley we'll see anywhere from 1/2'' to 1'' or so of snow. Highway 8 residents may see totals closer to 2-3'' as stronger bands of snow move across northern Wisconsin.

This system will then draw in some bitterly cold temperatures for Thursday. Lows will sit near or below zero with wind chills from -10 to -20 early. Highs will sit just above zero Thursday afternoon.

Then, a winter storm is set dump heavy snow across the upper Midwest and Great Lakes Region. The initial trend of this storm has snowfall arriving mid-morning Friday with the heaviest snow falling overnight Friday into Saturday.

Strong winds will lead to blowing and drifting snow and visibility will be greatly reduced. Travel will be hazardous and difficult. There is good agreement in models that over 6 inches of snowfall will be possible.

There will be many updates over the next 48 hours and snowfall forecasts will be adjusted within that time. The Stormtracker 18 Weather Team will be tracking this storm and provide frequent updates.

Latest updates on social media:

Stormtracker 18 Weather Facebook Page

Justin Esterly WQOW Facebook Page

Meteorologist Jess Langlois will be tracking the cold as well as this winter storm tonight at Live at Five as well as our 6PM and 10PM Reports. 

Important Links:

For the latest interactive radar, click HERE.

For the latest school and organization closings, click HERE.

For the latest road conditions and DOT camera views, click HERE.

Justin Esterly

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