New Update: 2pm Tuesday afternoon.
As it stands right now, the National Weather Service is considering upgrading some of the current Winter Storm Warnings to Blizzard Warnings. To be honest with you, this does not change our stressing of why, when and how this storm is going to be a big deal.
It's still going to be very nasty out there tonight, snow will be likely, could come down heavy at times and visibilities will be below zero... all mixed in with blowing and drifting of snow.
So, that's as it looks right now... stay tuned for updates on our webchannel, 24/7 weather channel and on NewsChannel 7 throughout tonight and Wednesday...
It was bound to happen at some point... the first big snow of the season... and it is on its way for this week. As it stands right now, the brunt of this storm will target northeastern Iowa, extreme northern Illinois into southwestern, south central and southeastern Wisconsin with heavy snow and very windy conditions. This will move in quickly Tuesday night and continue throughout Wednesday night with major problems expected for a lot of locations.
Due to this system's track through southeastern Wisconsin, parts of our area will see limited amounts of snow, while others will see a LOT! Regardless of how much snow we get, it will be very WINDY with blowing and drifting of snow likely Wednesday into Thursday morning. Traveling will NOT be recommended during this time and anyone flying out of CWA or Rhinelander will want to check ahead with their airlines before venturing to the airport. I'm not a betting man, but if I were, I'd bet on Chicago and Milwaukee having very few flights Wednesday.. and then the same for Detroit on Thursday.
As it stands right now, most of our viewing audience will range from 3" to 6" for this event that starts up Tuesday night. It will snow through Wednesday, with the accumulation part of the snow event winding down Wednesday evening. It is then, that the gusty winds will move in making for a lot of blowing and drifting of snow into Thursday... again, traveling Tuesday night through Thursday will NOT be recommended.
As I see it right now, here's what I'm expecting for snowfall around our backyard/neighborhood: (old prediction amounts)
Phillips- 4.5" (3")
Rhinelander- 5.0" (3.5")
Tomahawk- 6.0" (3.5")
Antigo- 7.5" (4.5")
Medford- 6.0" (3.5")
Wausau- 6.5" (4.5")
Marshfield- 7.0" (5.0")
Stevens Point- 8.0" (6")
Wisconsin Rapids- 8.5" (6.5")
Wautoma- 9.0" (8.0")
Adams-Friendship- 9.5" (8.0")
That's how I see it as of Sunday early afternoon. Will post updates throughout the next few days. Regardless of how much we get, there will be poor travel conditions during the middle of this week and there will be a HUGE cool down for the end of the week. Our first Arctic Cold of the year moves in Thursday and lasts into the first day of the weekend. Our first #'s below zero will be likely Friday morning... the morning that we pump gas for people as part of the Share Your Holidays campaign! How fitting that it is usually the coldest morning of the year when that happens... why would this year be any different? :)
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