Drier air is moving in faster and more aggressively than anticipated, which is limiting snow totals across the Chippewa Valley. There is still another round of snow expected early Saturday morning and near blizzard strength winds are still a concern.
A WINTER STORM WARNING remains in effect for all counties from Friday until Saturday Jan 18th. at 6 pm.
Timing: The heaviest bands of snow moved through earlier this evening. One more round of snow is likely early Saturday. Snow should begin to taper off late Saturday morning into Saturday afternoon.
Totals: Additional snowfall between 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday morning will be greatest in central and eastern Wisconsin where an additional 3 to 6 inches are expected. For much of the Chippewa Valley, new snowfall will likely be limited to between 1 and 3 inches thanks to a dry slot that obliterated our chances of seeing 6" totals Friday night.
Winds: Winds will increase into the 10 to 20 mph range overnight Friday and Saturday with gusts up to 30 mph. On Saturday, gusts may be upwards of 35 mph, which is close to blizzard strength.
Visibility: Whiteout conditions will be possible during the heaviest snowfall. Generally, visibility will be between 1/4 and 1 mile. Saturday, visibility will vary due to strong wind gusts blowing snow.
Travel impacts: Even though drier air is limiting totals in some areas, travel is still not advised Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. Snow covered roads will continue to create very slippery conditions. Strong wind gusts will lead to blowing and drifting.
Forecast beyond this system: Temperatures will plummet late Saturday in the wake of the storm, ushering in another arctic blast to start the week. While quiet weather returns for the second half of the weekend, high temperatures will only be in the single digits with lows below zero. Temperatures will rise to near average by midweek and slight snow chances return for Thursday and Friday.
Meteorologist Jess Langlois will be tracking the storm all day Saturday and during the 6 and 10 p.m. reports.
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