Eau Claire (WQOW) - Snow and a wintry mix are likely today through most of Wednesday in the Eau Claire area and west central Wisconsin, as well as a large portion of the Upper Midwest. Travel impacts are expected.
Stormtracker 18 Weather meteorologists say a strengthening surface low will move from Kansas over northern Missouri late Tuesday, and Iowa and northern Illinois on Wednesday. Widespread precipitation will form over Minnesota and Iowa on Tuesday morning, and slowly move eastward over Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The latest forecast models suggest mostly snow for west central Wisconsin, but warmer, above-freezing air nudging in from time to time with cause the snow to turn into a mix of sleet, rain, and freezing rain. Southern Wisconsin, extreme southern Minnesota, Iowa, and northern Illinois are likely to experience a wintry mix and rain with little to no snow accumulation.
Snow totals in the Eau Claire area and west central Wisconsin could range from 1 to 4 inches, but these totals are dependent on the temperatures throughout the atmosphere. Warmer, above-freezing air will result in more of a wintry mix and less snow, as well as little to no snow accumulation. It's likely the snow that falls will be the heavy and wet.
Those traveling, especially for the Thanksgiving holiday, need to be prepared for winter driving. Travel on Tuesday evening through early Wednesday morning will be the most challenging, as that is the expected time frame of heaviest precipitation, it will be dark, and temperatures will cool below freezing, causing slippery spots to form on roads. With temperatures above freezing on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday afternoon, and road crews out managing conditions, travel will be okay.
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