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Several inches of snow expected with weekend winter storm

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The sub-zero temperatures will continue with wind chills dipping between -5 and -15 overnight Thursday. Temperatures will climb through the teens in settle into the 20's ahead of Friday's winter storm.

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. This will all taper off through mid-morning Saturday, but the winds will be an issues afterwards.

Totals: Models suggest a snow maximun near the Twin Cities and in parts of western Wisconsin that will range from 8 to 10 inches with isolated higher totals. 7 to 9 inches will be possible in central and northeastern counties. 4 to 6 inches and up to 0.10'' of ice accumulation is possible in southern and eastern Wisconsin

Winds: Southeast at 10 to 20 mph and gusts upwards of 35 mph.

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 weather page, and through the free WQOW Stormtracker 18 weather app.

Meteorologist Jess Langlois will be tracking the system and have an updated snowfall forecast tonight at Live at Five as well as our 6PM and 10PM Reports. 

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Justin Esterly

Justin Esterly is our Daybreak meteorologist. Justin joined WQOW News 18 in May 2018.

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