Eau Claire, WI (WQOW) - A vigorous winter storm will produce several inches of snow in the Chippewa Valley tonight and early Monday. The highest totals will be southeast of Eau Claire, where 6 to 10 inches of snow are possible.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Pierce, Dunn, Eau Claire, Chippewa, Pepin, Buffalo, Clark, Jackson, Taylor and Trempealeau Counties. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Rusk County. Both weather alerts take effect at 7 PM tonight and expire at 10 AM Monday morning, when the majority of the snow is expected.
News 18 Meteorologist Nick Grunseth says the Chippewa Valley will be on the cusp of the storm. The heaviest snow will fall southeast of Eau Claire, in communities such as Augusta, Black River Falls, Eleva, Greenwood, Independence, Loyal, Merrillan, Neillsville, Osseo, and Strum. 6 to 10 inches of snow could accumulate in that general area.
Grunseth expects 4 to 7 inches in the Chippewa Valley, with the highest totals near and east of highway 53. 1 to 3 inches are likely far northwest of Eau Claire. Nick notes a slight northward shift in the storm's track could bring more snow to the Chippewa Valley, and vice versa.
Monday morning's commute will be slow-going in much of the area due to snow-covered roads and lower visibilities. Travel conditions will gradually improve in the late morning and afternoon, as the snow will end and crews will have a chance to clear the roads.
Please visit the WQOW.com weather page or check out the *free* WQOW weather app for the latest weather information, radar, and current conditions. Of course, the forecast team will also provide detailed weather information during the Sunday night 10 PM report.
If there are any school delays or closings on Monday morning, you can get the full listing on the WQOW School Closings Page.