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Freezing rain and sleet may cause slick roads Friday

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DMA - Futurecast Clouds and Precip - HRRR 3km

The very powerful cold front has finally reached western Wisconsin and temperatures were spread about 25 degrees within 60 miles. Temperatures will quickly fall into the 30's through Friday morning which may turn rain into a freezing mix.

A few bands of freezing rain and sleet will be possible throughout the day. The first round will move by to the west early Friday morning, but redevelopment will bring more rain, sleet and potentially freezing rain in the afternoon.

Temperatures will drop below freezing by lunchtime or just after which may lead to the freezing precipitation. This may also cause slippery roads which has led to a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY from 7 am to 7 pm for Barron, Dunn, Pepin, Pierce and St. Croix counties.

Rainfall amounts will range from 0.1'' to 0.25'' with a thin band possibly reaching 0.5''. Ice accumulation will be possible within the advisory and could lead to 0.1''. This will survive through Saturday morning where temperatures will stay below freezing until mid morning.

It will also be breezy once that front passes with winds from the nortwest at 10 to 20 mph leading to wind chills in the low 20's and teens.

This weekend we rebound back into the upper 40's and low 50's with sunshine. Next week temperatures jump into the 60's and we may see a few thunderstorms on Tuesday.

Justin Esterly

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

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