A very sloppy and nasty 24 hours is on tap for any travelers across the region as a strong low pressure system travels from Nebraska Tuesday night across central Wisconsin Wednesday.
Heavy snow, mixed with sleet and rain mainly south of Wausau, will overspread the region Tuesday evening. This, coupled with strong winds overnight, will create blowing and drifting along with poor visibility in open areas. The snow could come down at the rate of an inch per hour or more under some of the heavier bands.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday for about the northern half of the state. This includes Clark, Marathon, Shawano Counties and points north to the Upper Michigan border.
A Winter Weather Advisory in effect through 6 p.m. Wednesday for the rest of the TV-9 viewing area including Wood, Portage, Waupaca, Waushara, Adams, Juneau, and Jackson Counties.
The heaviest snow, sleet, and rain mix will be done by 8 a.m. Wednesday in our region. However, bands of light snow will pivot back across the area Wednesday midday through the evening. This could produce another 1 to 3 inches across the region, heaviest north.
Storm total snow accumulations will probably range from around 3 or 4 inches toward Juneau, Adams, and Waushara Counties where a lot of the precipitation will fall instead as rain or sleet.
About 4 to 6 inches are expected from Neillsville over to Rapids, Plover, and Waupaca. Six to 9 inches are expected from Medford and Colby over to Wausau, Merrill, and Wittenberg. The rest of the area north of that should see anywhere from 9 to 13 inches. Far northwest Wisconsin could see as much as 15 to 18 inches. The winds will diminish by Wednesday afternoon, so the blowing and drifting will let up.
Thursday should be nice and quiet for your snow removal operations. A front will slide through Friday into Saturday producing the risk of snow showers. However, the best chance of it turning into a more major storm at this point looks to remain east of our area.
It will warm up a bunch by next Tuesday with even a chance of rain for midweek.