Western Wisconsin being dumped on with more snow than forecasted
Northwest Wisconsin was hit with more snow than what forecasters predicted for today.
The region was expecting 2-to-5 inches, but over six-and-a-quarter fell at Boyceville in Dunn County by seven this morning and more than five was recorded in Ellsworth. The National Weather Service said the northwest could get up to eight-inches by the time the storms clear out this afternoon. Eastern Wisconsin and the Fox Valley still expect up to eight-inches, after almost four-and-a-half inches fell at Suamico by late morning. Winter storm warnings were also extended into central Wisconsin, where up to seven-inches are now in the forecast.
High winds have accompanied the new snow. Winds gusted up to 44-miles an hour at Platteville at mid-morning. All the snow is supposed to leave Wisconsin by late tonight. Colder temperatures are predicted for the next day-or-two, and more snow is projected for tomorrow night and Thursday -- perhaps up to three more inches.
Other snow totals as of early this morning were 5.2 inches at Hudson just before 9 a.m. Menomonie had four-inches, and other places were well on their way toward the higher forecast of 2-to-5 inches today for today almost everywhere but east-central Wisconsin. The Fox Valley and eastern Lakeshore areas were expecting 5-to-8 inches of snow. The National Weather Service said those places might get an-inch-an-hour before noon -- plus strong winds that could reduce visibilities to a quarter-mile or less. Forecasters now say freezing drizzle is possible this afternoon, along with more snow in eastern Wisconsin. Snow warnings and advisories continue statewide, ending between mid-afternoon and midnight.
It's supposed to get colder tonight and into tomorrow -- but more snow is due in tomorrow night and Thursday. The Weather Service in Green Bay says that region could get another 1-to-3 inches by the time Thursday's over.