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ALERT: Plan ahead for messy Monday

A band of light snow is moving across the Chippewa Valley this evening, but the bigger forecast concern is Monday's wintry weather. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Eau Claire, Pepin, Clark, Buffalo, Trempealeau and Jackson Counties Monday.

While light snow and slippery roads are possible throughout the area, the highest snow totals and biggest impacts to travel are expected within the advisory area.

Timing: Snow will become possible Monday morning and taper off Monday evening. The heaviest snow is expected Monday afternoon.

Totals: Most locations can expect between a trace and 3" of snow from this storm with the highest totals likely in the advisory area and points south and east. Isolated totals up to 4" are possible. Some sleet or freezing rain may mix in.

Winds: Wind will be from the Southeast at about 8-12 mph for most of the period when wintry precipitation is falling. A breezy northwest wind will take over in the evening.

Visibility: There could be periods of intense snow embedded within this fast-moving system. Visibility could be reduced during peak snowfall in areas that see heavier bands of snow.

Travel impacts: While most of the precipitation is expected to fall as snow, there could be some mixing that could cause a light glaze of ice on top of snow. Slippery roads will be a concern through Monday evening. Set aside extra time to get to your destination Monday and plan for possible impacts to both commutes, especially the evening commute.

Forecast beyond this system: After Monday, there will be plenty of sunshine next week. There will be another burst of cold air in the middle of next week, but temperatures will increase going into next weekend.

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 Jess Langlois will be tracking the system and with the latest forecast updates during our 10PM Report. 

Meteorologist Justin Esterly will be tracking the system and your morning commute conditions on Daybreak Monday morning from 4:30 to 7 a.m. and on Midday from 11 a.m. to noon.

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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