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Bitter wind chills expected overnight

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As last night's storm continues to move away, the forecast focus shifts to the cold temperatures we will experience in its wake. First, here's a look at snow totals from the storm.

An large dry slot developed in the storm Friday night, which meant we saw much less snow than computer models were suggesting. Sometimes those types of features are poorly represented by models, which was the case with this storm.

Despite the lower totals, several of our weather trackers saw more than 4 inches of snow, and most snow reports in the Chippewa Valley ranged from 2.5 inches to 6 inches. Eau Claire's official total from this storm was 3.5 inches, but taking drifting snow from Saturday's strong winds into account, we may have actually seen closer to 3 inches.

Temperatures overnight will likely drop into the low single digits close to zero, but gusty winds between 10 and 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph will make it feel much colder. Wind chills are expected to be between 10 and 20 degrees below zero, with wind chills up to 25 below zero possible.

As a result, a Wind Chill Advisory is in effect for Eau Claire and Pepin County from midnight to 9 a.m. Sunday, and is already in effect for Buffalo and Trempealeau County through noon Sunday.

High temperatures on Sunday will likely only be in the teens. We may see some breaks of sun, but a mostly cloudy sky will take over later in the day. Sunday night will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of flurries, leading into a partly cloudy Monday.

Temperatures will be below average through the first half of the week with high pressure in control. Temperatures will increase midweek and are expected to be above average to finish out the week. Chances for rain and snow will hold off until the second half of the week as well.

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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