Eau Claire, WI (WQOW) - A major winter storm is setting is sights on the Upper Midwest and will produce heavy snow Thursday and Thursday night. Accumulations of 6 to 10 inches are possible, though some areas could pick up 12 inches.
A Winter Storm Warning will take effect for all of western Wisconsin on Thursday morning, lasting until early Friday morning. Travel is not advised, especially Thursday afternoon through Thursday night.
Stormtracker 18 Weather meteorologists say there are a number of issues to be concerned about with this storm. First, the snow will fall heavy at times in the Chippewa Valley on Thursday afternoon, evening and part of the overnight. Travel will be dangerous during that time, and is not recommended. By the time the snow ends early Friday, accumulations will span from 6 to 10 inches, though a foot is possible in some areas if a heavier band of activity remains in place. As the storm starts to pull away, strong winds are expected, causing blowing and drifting. Travel will be quite difficult on Friday in many areas, even though the snow will have ended.