Winter Mess on the way this weekend!

Update: Sunday 2:23pm--

Minor changes to the forecast... for Lincoln County northward..... will raise snow totals there to 3" to 5" total for today and into tonight, since it has been mainly snow since 7am this morning.  All other locations will remain 1" to 3" for totals...

Look for some really icy and nasty road conditions to develop for tonight... so be careful traveling tonight and especially tomorrow morning! Don't forget to check out the latest road conditions:

http://www.511wi.gov/web/map.aspx?region=winterroads&show=1

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Update: Sunday 8:45am--

Forecast still looks good from the past several days.... rain will continue to turn into and become all snow for the rest of the morning. Most areas will see 1" to 3" of snow and slush, with some heavier amounts possible north of Merrill. In addition, there will be some light snowfall on Monday with another inch or two possible... good news for snowmobilers, since it will only be in the middle 20's for highs Monday.

Check out the latest road conditions:

http://www.511wi.gov/web/map.aspx?region=winterroads&show=1

Temps will be much cooler this week, with highs only in the teens for most of the week.

Be careful traveling on this Sunday!

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Update: Saturday 5:45am--

Still looking like an icy mess at times for this morning and lasting into the early part of Saturday afternoon. Most of the icy stuff, should mix over to rain after 1pm or so as we head into the afternoon.  Temps are still expected to climbe well into the lower 30's for today and will hover around the freezing mark for tonight. Most areas will still as rain tonight, (even some big flakes of snow) but the Northwoods will go back over to an icy mess at time overnight into Sunday early morning.

Expect the rain to become mainly snow later in the day Sunday with temps cool enough at that point for all areas to move back over to snowfall. Snowfall totals still look minimal at this time, with most areas picking up 1" to 3" from Sunday night into early Monday morning. We still may see another 1" or possibly 2" fall throughout Monday afternoon.

As I have been harping on all week, this storm system is NOT a heavy snow producer, nor is the season's worst storm by any means. However, the threat for freezing rain at times, is what has me most concerned with the weekend. Ice accumulation this time of year on top of a snowpack in places, combined with rain and then back over to snow and freezing conditions can make roads, parking lots and sidewalks a complete nightmare...  In addition, this is all going to be followed by a huge cool down that will really freeze things up this week and well into the first few days of February.

Just for Jimmy Bodean per Facebook request.... high today 34... low tonight 31... high Sunday 34.  All just warm enough to not make this an all snow event.

Please be very careful traveling this weekend.  Don't forget to watch our live coverage on the 24/7 weather channel... you can find it on 7-3, Charter Digital 968 and we stream it live right here on our webchannel as well! We strive to do cutins at :07 and :37 minutes after the hour during weather events.

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Update: Friday 11:15am---

Ongoing forecast looks good from below.  Still looking at a wintry mix early on Saturday, with conditions improving a bit as temps climb into the lower 30's for the afternoon and evening for Saturday. We'll still see this wintry/icy mix continue into early Sunday, but as temps fall for the afternoon, the mix should become mainly snow by Sunday evening and last into Monday.

Snow totals may end up more in the 1" to 3" range for most areas... but depending on the switchover time, this could go higher.

Stay tuned... and travel carefully!

 

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This upcoming weekend's storm is still looking like more of a wintry mess of freezing drizzle, rain, sleet and eventually some snow as it moves into Wisconsin this weekend.

As it stands right now, most of the area will start off with some very light snow or freezing drizzle Saturday afternoon, with this turning into mainly light rainfall for the late night hours Saturday. I still would expect this to mix back over to heavy wet snow and sleet for a time early Sunday morning. Then we'll go back to a rain and sleet mix for Sunday early afternoon before temperatures cool off to allow this to turn over to mainly snow for Sunday night.

Bottom line, this system doesn't look like a heavy snow producer, more of a slush and ice producer as it moves in initially Saturday into the overnight period.

Having said that... I expect most snow totals to range from 2" to 4" across this area of Wisconsin. I will continue to fine tune this a bit over the next 48 hours.

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