Despite spring-like temperatures this afternoon with highs in the upper 40s in Eau Claire, accumulating snow is still in the forecast Saturday night into Sunday.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Polk, Barron, Rusk, St. Croix, Pierce, Pepin, Dunn, Eau Claire, Chippewa, Taylor and Clark County from midnight to noon Sunday.
Timing: A wintry mix of rain, snow, and freezing rain will begin overnight Saturday night into Sunday, bringing accumulating snow to areas within the advisory. Snow will move out of the area by midday Sunday.
Totals: Most areas within the advisory can expect between 1" and 5" of snow, although there could be isolated 6"+ totals in the areas that see most snowfall.
The heaviest snow is expected to fall along an axis extending from St. Croix County through Dunn, Chippewa, Barron, Rusk and Taylor County. There is the potential for a narrow band of totals exceeding 6" to 7". Although there is still some uncertainty regarding exact placement, the most likely location for these locally higher totals to set up would be in Taylor or Rusk County.
There is also some uncertainty in totals along the southern edge of the advisory area. How much mixing there is with rain or freezing rain will impact totals, and could cause a very sharp cutoff in totals over a short distance.
Impacts: Plan ahead for slippery road conditions into early Sunday afternoon. The greatest impacts will be from several hours after midnight through late Sunday morning.
Beyond this system: A window of clearing is expected late Sunday afternoon through Sunday evening, before another quick disturbance moves through overnight Sunday into early Monday. Impacts from that system will not be as intense, likely producing a few tenths of an inch at most.
Clearing quickly moves in for a mostly sunny Monday, and the remainder of the week is trending warmer and dry.