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What spring? Wintry mix headed for central Wisconsin

A WINTER STORM WARNING will be in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning for Ashland, Iron, Price, Oneida, Vilas, Forest, and Florence Counties.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY  will be in effect from Wednesday morning through Thursday morning for Clark, Marathon, Taylor, Lincoln, and Langlade Counties.

 Tuesday night:  Increasing clouds with a 50% chance of snow toward morning.    Low: 22    Wind: Becoming ESE 5-12

Wednesday: Breezy with snow.  It may mix with or change to sleet and rain in the afternoon for central Wisconsin.   Heaviest snow accumulations north of Marathon County.  High: 40   Wind: ESE 12-25

 It sure felt like winter yet Tuesday with lows in the 0s and low 10s and highs only in the upper 20s to mid 30s across our area. Now to go along with the cold we will be dealing with another significant winter storm Wednesday. The culprit is a low pressure system in the Dakota that will track to southern Minnesota by midday Wednesday and through central Wisconsin Wednesday evening. About 100 miles north of the track of the low pressure is where the heaviest snow will fall. The snow could start a few hours before daybreak in our region. About 1 to 3” of snow may make roads slushy and slippery through midday in central Wisconsin including Wausau before it mixes with or changes to rain and sleet in the afternoon.

Areas just north of Marathon County from Medford to Merrill and Antigo will likely have snow most of the day, possibly mixed with a little sleet or rain later in the afternoon. That area could pick up about 3 to 5” of accumulation. North of that in the Winter Storm Warning area we expect moderate to heavy snow for the duration of the event. It should gradually taper down to flurries late Wednesday night but not before leaving storm total accumulations of 5 to 10”. There probably will be a narrow strip getting a good foot of snow in far northwest Wisconsin out toward Hayward, Bayfield, Ashland, and Hurley. Of course travel conditions will be difficult at times with this storm, worse the farther north you go. We will have gusty winds while the snow is falling creating poor visibility an some drifting in spots.

There will be a large temperature range Wednesday with highs ranging from the upper 40s in the far southern part of the TV-9 area to about 40 in Wausau to the lower 30s in the far north. Thursday will be much quieter as the storm moves away. We might even see some partial sunshine develop with highs in the lower 40s. It should stay dry Friday and Saturday with highs inching up a few degrees. Another storm system could move through Saturday night and Sunday. It should be mainly rain but we can't rule out some light snow mixed in late Saturday night when it is a bit cooler.

Early next week looks really nice with quite a bit of sunshine and highs warming into the upper 50s and 60s. That will definitely hit the spot.

Check here for updates. Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 8:30 p.m., 15-April 2014

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