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It’s that time of the year again; “Sprinter” has returned


It's finally Friday and we're gearing up for a decent weekend, but there are many ups and downs in the forecast that may bring us a little weather whiplash by Sunday.

Friday will be mostly cloudy, windy and warmer with high temps climbing into the low 40s. Winds will be from the south at 10 to 25 mph and gusts up to 35+ mph.

These stronger winds are bringing in warmer air out ahead of a surface wave that will try to drop a bit of light drizzle, a wintry mix or light snow overnight Friday into early Saturday morning. New precipitation amounts, whether it be snow or not, will be minimal and have little impact on your Saturday.

A Colorado Low will develop and swing towards the Great Lakes Region on Saturday which will push temps back into the mid 40s. Winds will be a touch lighter until that system enters Wisconsin.

Late Saturday night, light drizzle will turn to a wintry mix then snow for Sunday morning. As of now, the bulk of the snow will land west and north of Eau Claire. The snow will fall through mid Sunday morning. There is a decent chance for 2''+ in the heaviest contours, with a general 1'' + everywhere else.

Expect those totals to change as the weekend goes on. It still has to get through the mountains before it moves in, so there will be some minor changes.

Sunday, the colder air sinks us back into the 20s and that's how we'll start March too. Don't worry, there is a quick rebound back to the 40s by Tuesday.

Justin Esterly

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

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