Eau Claire, WI (WQOW) - Shovels will be needed the first half of this week, while the second half of the week will require many layers of clothing.
"December 1st was the meteorological start to the winter season, and on cue, Mother Nature is bringing wintry weather to the Chippewa Valley," said Stormtracker 18 Weather Chief Meteorologist Nick Grunseth. "A big dumping of snow in a short period is not expected in our area; rather, a gradual accumulation will occur from Monday through Wednesday."
From Monday through Wednesday, a majority of the precipitation will fall in the form of snow, especially north of highway 29. However, with above-freezing air nudging northward on Tuesday and Tuesday night, a period of a wintry mix or rain cannot be ruled out. Temperatures will slowly fall Wednesday with a cold front pushing through and winds switching to the northwest, returning any lingering precipitation to snow.
In total, the Chippewa Valley could receive 3" to 6" of snow during the three day period, the highest totals to the north of Eau Claire. Northwest Wisconsin and northeast Minnesota could receive a foot or more.
Bitterly cold air will follow the storm system. On Friday and Saturday, daytime highs in the single digits are likely, while temps overnight slip below zero.
Please stay tuned to WQOW News 18 for the latest forecast information, current conditions and radar. The free WQOW weather app is great way to know what's going on outside. Search for "WQOW" in the Android or Apple app stores.
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