Winter Storm Watch Begins Late Wednesday Night

Winter Storm Watch Begins Late Wednesday Night

Winter Storm Hunter is expected to begin Wednesday, bringing snow, freezing rain or sleet to most of the country - stretching from Washington State to the Dakotas, across the Midwest into OH, as far south as MS and up into NY and New England, according to the Weather Channel's latest forecast.

The weather is expected to make driving conditions hard during the Thursday morning commute. "Temperatures will plummet overnight into Thursday, and gusty northwest winds will accompany the influx of cold air".

After highs in the 30s again on Wednesday, temperatures are forecast to plunge in the wake of the snow. The very strong north winds will cause blizzard conditions in our northern and central counties, strongly impacting the morning commute. This is NOT a major winter storm, but be ready to deal with the travel problems that come with snow this time of the year!

The winter storm that triggered deadly mudslides in California dumped more than a foot of snow and an inch of heavy rain on the Sierra Nevada. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze are possible.

BAND OF HEAVY SNOW APPEARS LIKELY TO SET UP FROM ALBERT LEA TOWARD LADYSMITH AND EAU CLAIRE LATE TONIGHT.Mixed wintry precipitation is expected to push into western Minnesota this evening while a second area develops late tonight further east from south central Minnesota to northwest Wisconsin.

Northeast Washington mountains will pick up 6-12 inches of new snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -9. Most of the rain comes ahead of that front, but an intense upper-air disturbance behind the front generates more rain - and some snow and sleet - in the colder air. Snowfall of 2 to 4 inches with locally higher amounts is possible, along with a glaze of ice.

Stay tuned this week as details become more clear. Wind chill values as low as -20.

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