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Get ready… winter storm arrives Friday

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Frigid temperatures will continue overnight tonight. A mostly clear sky will help temperatures fall into the single digits below zero once again overnight with wind chills between 5 and 15 degrees below zero. Clouds will quickly increase early tomorrow morning, and temperatures will rise into the teens ahead of the arrival of Friday's snow. Temperatures will rise into the low to mid 20s by Friday evening.

Timing:  A WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for all of the Chippewa Valley. Snowfall will begin closer to 12 pm for far western counties and around 2 pm for central and eastern counties. The heaviest snow will be between 4 pm and midnight with another strong round early Saturday morning. Snow will begin to taper off through mid-morning Saturday, but gusty winds will be a concern even after snow ends.

Totals:  Based on the current forecast track, highest snow totals will likely occur in western counties closest to the Twin Cities where totals up to 10" are possible. A widespread 6" to 9" of snow is possible across much of the Chippewa Valley including the Eau Claire area, meanwhile 4" to 6" and up to 0.10'' of ice accumulation is possible in southern and eastern Wisconsin.

Winds:  Southeast winds at 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 35 mph on Friday will shift northwest on Saturday with gusts in excess of 35 mph possible.

Visibility: Near whiteout conditions with less than 1/4 of a mile visibility will be possible during the heaviest snow Friday evening.

Travel impacts:  Blowing and drifting snow, reduced visibility, and snow covered roads will make travel VERY DIFFICULT this weekend.

Forecast beyond this system: Back into the bitter cold by the end of this weekend. The weather pattern stays quiet through the extended forecast with near average temperatures returning towards the end of the 7-day.

Your Stormtracker 18 Weather team will keep you updated with the latest information on air, at the WQOW.com 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 Friday 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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