Eau Claire, WI (WQOW) - A winter storm will impact the Eau Claire area and a large portion of the Midwest this weekend. Several inches of snow are possible, and travel will be significantly impacted.
Details: Stormtracker 18 Weather meteorologists say a surface low will strengthen and move east over the central United States on Saturday and Saturday night, tapping into moisture and producing widespread snow over the Midwest. In the Eau Claire area and west central Wisconsin, the snow will begin as early as Saturday mid-afternoon, but it will be light. Heavier snow is expected Saturday evening through much of Sunday, and that is when there will be the most accumulation and greatest travel impacts.
Totals: With this storm, the biggest variable is the amount of precipitation, or rain-equivalent. With the high possibility of a quarter to nearly a half inch of precipitation, snow totals of 3 to 6 inches are possible in the Eau Claire area. 4 to 7 inches of snow are possible in the highway 10 corridor, south of Eau Claire, while 2 to 5 inches are expected near and north of highway 8, north of Eau Claire. Northern Iowa, far southern Minnesota, and southern Wisconsin could receive 7 to 10 inches of snow, or more.
Important note: In meteorology, there is a lot of time between now and Saturday evening, when the heavier snow is expected to start. This forecast will need to be adjusted, possibly for higher totals if trends suggest more precipitation will fall in the Eau Claire area. It is important that you check our latest forecasts on air, online, or through the WQOW Weather and News apps.
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