Eau Claire, WI (WQOW) - The Chippewa Valley's first accumulating snow of the season under way. A wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow has moved in and will continue into early Wednesday morning. For areas north and west of Eau Claire it will be mainly wet and heavy snow with 2 to 5 inches of accumulation possible.
The precipitation started late Tuesday afternoon as rain, and now has transitioned into rain, sleet and snow during the evening hours. For areas north of Eau Claire near Highway 8, and west of Eau Claire near Highway 63, the precipitation is now all snow. For areas south and east of Eau Claire near Highway 10 this will be a mainly rain event. Late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning is when the rain could transition to a wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow, but accumulations will be minor in those locations.
The highest snowfall totals being in these areas(See Snowfall Potential Map). This storm will lead to difficult driving conditions, so slow down and use extra caution if you most travel. The snow will also be wet and heavy so any trees that still have leaves on them may be stressed. Broken tree limbs and isolated power outages are possible.
Due to this winter storm the National Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for counties north and west of Eau Claire from 6 PM Tuesday until 9 AM Wednesday. Again, 2 to 5 inches of snow is possible in Polk, Barron, Rusk, St. Croix, Dunn, Chippewa and Pierce counties.
Stormtracker 18 Weather's Chief Meteorologist Nick Grunseth says a large area of rain and a mix will move into the Chippewa Valley from the southwest late Tuesday afternoon. As temperatures cool closer to and below freezing during the overnight, the mix will transition to all snow, especially north and west of Eau Claire.
"This time of year is tricky with snow and determining accumulation," said Grunseth. "We'll have to keep a close eye on the air temperature near the ground and aloft, and possibly make adjustments to the snow forecast if it appears the Eau Claire area is cooling at a faster rate. One thing is for sure: Wednesday morning will be a slow commute, especially for those on Hwy 53 between Eau Claire and Superior, and I-94 from Eau Claire to the Twin Cities."
Eau Claire averages nearly six inches of snow during the month of November. Average high temperatures drop about 20 degrees over the 30 day period, from 50 on the 1st to 33 on the 30th.
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