Well, our peak of warmth didn't last long. Temperatures did exactly the opposite of Thursday morning. A 30 degree drop in temperatures put us down near or below zero to start Friday and those wind chills fell lower than -10.
High pressure will be our friend Friday but it will provide deceivingly cold temperatures. High temps will only get near the mid teens Friday afternoon and with winds from the west-northwest at 5 to 15 mph, wind chills will hang near 0.
Overnight, temperatures fall back below zero for what will be only the second time for Eau Claire all winter. Winds will settle down so wind chills won't be far off Saturday morning, but it will still be bitter.
Our snowy system lines up heading into Saturday afternoon. Snowfall will begin in the early afternoon with the heaviest snow arriving in the late evening and overnight. It will taper off into Sunday morning.
The initial snowfall forecast suggest 2 to 5 inches for western Wisconsin with a smaller swath of 3 to 6 likely through south-central Minnesota into our border counties. Further east will see closer to 2 to 4 inches with isolated higher amounts.
Late Saturday into Sunday morning will be the worst for travel with slippery roads and reduced visibility. By mid-morning Sunday conditions should be back to normal. After this snow, we just sit near average for the rest of January with a few other chances for flurries next week.