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Winter storm brings us snow starting Friday

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A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for the Chippewa Valley from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon.

Before the storm arrives, high pressure will usher in arctic air Wednesday night and Thursday. Temperatures will fall below zero with wind chills between 10 and 25 below zero. A Wind Chill Advisory is in effect from midnight to 6 a.m. Thursday. Tomorrow will be a mostly sunny day, but still cold with highs in the single digits.

Here's what we know about the upcoming winter storm so far:

Timing: Snow will likely move into the area mid to late morning Friday and continue into Saturday. The heaviest snow will likely occur Friday late Friday afternoon overnight into Saturday.

Totals: Confidence is increasing for widespread snow accumulations of 6" or more from this storm, with models trending toward locally higher totals. We will continue to refine our snow totals as the storm approaches. As always, continue to check with the Stormtracker 18 weather team for the latest updates.

Areas shaded in dark blue have the highest chance of seeing 6" or more of snow.

Winds: Gusty winds will be likely with this storm, especially on Saturday. Gusts up to 35 mph are possible.

Visibility: Heavy snow and gusty winds could lead to reduced visibility and patchy blowing snow.

Travel impacts: Impacts to travel are possible from Friday morning through Saturday, but the highest impacts to travel will likely occur from Friday afternoon and evening through Saturday morning. If you have travel plans during that time frame, it is a good idea to have a backup plan.

Forecast beyond this system: After snow moves out of the area on Saturday, we will return to drier weather, but another blast of cold air is expected early next week.

Your Stormtracker 18 Weather team will keep you updated with the latest information on air, at the weather page, and through the free WQOW Stormtracker 18 weather app.

Meteorologist Justin Esterly will be tracking the storm and your morning commute conditions on Daybreak Thursday morning from 4:30 to 7 a.m.

Latest updates on social media:

Stormtracker 18 Weather Facebook Page

Meteorologist Jess Langlois Facebook Page

Meteorologist Jess Langlois Twitter Page

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.

Jess Langlois

Jess Langlois is the weekend meteorologist and weekday multi-media journalist for News 18. She joined us in July of 2019.

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