WINTER STORM WARNING: How much snow to expect Thursday

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The latest northeast Wisconsin weather forecast from Storm Team 5…

A WINTER STORM WARNING has been issued for most of the WFRV viewing area until noon on Friday. A combination of accumulating snow and blowing snow will make travel difficult Thursday afternoon and night. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for southern areas until noon Friday.

One more nice day before big changes impact our weather. Wednesday will have some sunshine with a slow increase of clouds in from the west during the day. The high will be a sliver under yesterday, topping out at 32 degrees and just a bit higher in the northwoods where there is more tree cover.

Tonight will be cloudy and the low tonight will hit in the evening at 25 degrees, rising overnight by a few degrees. That will signal the onset of the storm as a light wintry mix of snow or freezing rain could begin overnight.

Scattered showers in the form of freezing rain, sleet and snow will be out there Thursday morning, turning to widespread snow showers for everyone Thursday afternoon and into the night. That will bring slippery travel, turning the roads white and snow covered for the second half of the day. The high will be 36 degrees.

Snowfall totals will be in the 3-6″ range for most of the area. Locations north of Hwy. 64 could be closer to 6″ or more where temperatures should be cold enough where the transition from a wintry mix to snow should happen earlier.

As the snow goes away Thursday night, winds will begin to pick up from 30 to 40 miles per hour and could blow and drift the snow in open areas. That wind will also draw in very cold air that sets us up for the coldest week of temperatures since winter began.

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