Eau Claire, WI (WQOW) - 1" to 2" of snow accumulated in the Chippewa Valley from Thursday evening through Friday. Meanwhile, numerous 10" to 20"+ reports have been received from far northwestern Wisconsin and part of Minnesota.
Dozens of schools in the heavy snow area closed for the day, while others delayed in hopes of improving road conditions.
News 18 Meteorologist Nick Grunseth says the snow was the final part of the intense storm system that has wreaked havoc on much of the country since Wednesday. While heavy snow fell in Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin, heavy rain and severe thunderstorms affected numerous communities from the Great Plains to the Ohio River Valley. Part of the Chicago area picked up more than five inches of rain, and the windy city also took shelter from a severe thunderstorm that produced winds of 80 to 90 mph.
Grunseth says high pressure will work into the Midwest this weekend, bringing quieter conditions and some sunshine. However, another weather system is expected to sweep through the Great Lakes area on Sunday, producing snow and rain. At this time, it appears only minor accumulations of snow are expected.
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