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First measurable snowfall of the winter coming this weekend


Western Wisconsin (WQOW) - Accumulating snow is likely this weekend, as two weather systems push through the Midwest.  Most of the snow will fall late Saturday night and Sunday, with 2" to 5" of accumulation likely.

"Sunday's event will be the first significant snow of the season," said News 18 Meteorologist Nick Grunseth.  "This will not be the biggest of storms, but big enough to cause issues on the roads.  Anyone traveling on Sunday or Monday morning will want to be aware of icy conditions."

All week, weather forecast models have suggested a low pressure system will move from Colorado through the southern Great Lakes region this weekend.  Because Eau Claire and the northern half of Wisconsin will be on the colder side of this system, most of the precipitation will fall as snow.  Further south, a wintry mix or rain is likely.

"The big focus with this system centers around the amount of lift and moisture," said Grunseth.  "Quite easily, drier air could be digested into this system, leading to lower totals, and vice versa.  At the moment, our thinking is 2" to 5" of snow, and that range have been pretty consistent so far."

Since November 1st, Eau Claire has received 0.9" of snow, most of it falling on Election Day.  On average, Eau Claire averages 44" of snow per year.

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