First Alert Weather Day: A change to snow, heavy at times into Saturday morning
A dynamic early spring storm brought rain & storms. Snow likely into Saturday morning, potentially heavy at times north.
WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - A First Alert Weather Day continues until mid-morning Saturday. As low pressure shifts east later Friday night, chilly air will move in, with a change to all snow before midnight in the north, while around or a little after midnight into Central Wisconsin. Several inches of accumulation in the north, less in the south. Strong winds will gust to up 40-45 mph at times Friday night into the first half of Saturday.
A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for most of the area through Saturday morning. A Winter Weather Advisory for Waupaca County. A Blizzard Warning for parts of western Wisconsin.
Moderate to heavy rain with a few scattered storms impacted North Central Wisconsin Friday evening. As the evening went along, the rain went to snow in the Northwoods prior to midnight and will change to snow for the rest of the region around or a little after midnight.
The snow will be heavy at times overnight into early Saturday morning. Snowfall rates of 1-2″/hour are possible, along with perhaps isolated rumbles of thunder. Travel conditions will be awful overnight with gradual improvement after daybreak on Saturday. The highest snowfall totals are forecast to occur from around Highway 64 on north in our viewing area with 10-18″ possible. Far north and from south of Highway 64 to Highway 29, 6-10″ of snowfall occurs, with a sharp drop off farther south toward Highway 10 of 3-6″, and 1-3″ to the southeast. The snow will taper off by 9 AM Saturday morning. Clouds will give way to sunshine by midday or early afternoon.
Winds are going to remain gusty into Saturday. Winds could reach 40 to 45 mph at times Saturday morning into the early afternoon, then start to diminish heading through the mid-afternoon into the early evening. With all that in mind, the heavy wet snow and strong winds could lead to some scattered power outages in the Northwoods.
Temperatures will fall back into the mid 20s north overnight into Saturday morning while settling in the upper 20s to around 30 in Central Wisconsin. Highs on Saturday will only make it back into the low to mid 30s.
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