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Update: Winter Weather Advisory issued south and east of Eau Claire

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A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for Buffalo, Jackson, and Trempealeau counties from 6 am Thursday 1/14 until 12 am Saturday (midnight Friday night).

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for Clark and Taylor counties from 9 am Thursday until 12 am Saturday (midnight Friday night).

The ADVISORY areas have a likelihood of picking up 3 to 7 inches of snow. Chances for freezing rain/drizzle Thursday morning have diminished somewhat, meaning that a brief mix is possible around the onset of the system which now looks to begin early morning to the southwest and holding off until mid to late morning for much of the Chippewa Valley and places further northwest.

There is still some uncertainty for the area remaining under a WINTER STORM WATCH, and the NWS has not made a decision whether to issue a Winter Storm Warning or a Winter Weather Advisory. That will depend on how much dry air limits snow Thursday night through Friday.

A WINTER STORM WATCH remains in effect for Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Pepin, and Rusk counties. The start time has moved back, now in effect from noon Thursday 1/14 until 12 am Saturday 1/16 (midnight Friday night).

A WINTER STORM WATCH also remains in effect for Barron, Polk and St. Croix counties, with the time also moved back. Now it's in effect for these locations from noon Thursday 1/14 through 6 pm Friday 1/15.

A mix of rain, sleet and snow will be possible for Thursday morning's commute, but more likely impacts will be mostly snow starting mid Thursday morning. Bursts of heavy snow are possible at times, but rates will be mainly light to moderate as the system will last longer, so accumulations will take longer to build up. Strong winds will lead to blowing and drifting and travel may be difficult.

Click HERE for the latest details on this winter storm, including the snow forecast map.

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer was promoted to Chief Meteorologist in July of 2019 and has been our evening meteorologist for News 18 since June of 2016. Prior to that, he was our Saturday meteorologist starting in September 2014.

Matt was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He enjoys all the extremes that mother nature throws at the Badger State: from severe thunderstorms to blizzards to subzero temperatures.

Matt studied meteorology in the Midwest as well, earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology at Valparaiso University in Indiana. There, Matt was heavily involved in VUTV Weather, the Valpo student chapter of AMS/NWA, and VUSIT (Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team). He’s logged more than 20,000 miles chasing and studying severe storms all across the country and witnessed nine tornadoes including six in one day!

Matt describes himself as a Wisconsin boy at heart and enjoys cheering for the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and Admirals just to name a few. He loves simply being outdoors and enjoys the Wisconsin wilderness especially in fall, and whitetail deer season!

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