Winter Storm Watch Issued for Strong Storm Moving In at the Beginning of the Week
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for a strong storm that will impact the region from Sunday night to Wednesday morning. The watch itself goes into effect Sunday evening, and remains in effect until Tuesday night.
Impacts from this storm include a possibility of 6-12 inches of snow, gusty wind conditions up to 30 mph at times, and difficult travel conditions. The later parts of this storm will also bring cold temperatures and wind chill values below zero. Parts of NW Wisconsin may also have the threat of mixed precipitation.
Following this winter storm, cold conditions will persist. Daytime high temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday will struggle to get above zero degrees, and Friday single digit daytime highs are expected.
Here is the watch statement from the NWS:
A STRONG WINTER STORM IS FORECAST TO DEVELOP OUT OF THE
INTERMOUNTAIN WEST AND MOVE INTO THE REGION SUNDAY
NIGHT…LASTING THROUGH THE DAY TUESDAY. THE PRIMARY HAZARD WILL
BE HEAVY SNOWFALL…WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR A WINTRY MIX ACROSS
NORTHWESTERN WISCONSIN MONDAY NIGHT.
AS THE SYSTEM DEPARTS LATE TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING…GUSTY
NORTHWEST WINDS BETWEEN 20 AND 25 MPH ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP…WHICH
COULD LEAD TO BLOWING SNOW ACROSS THE AREA. THIS STORM IS EXPECTED
TO IMPACT TRAVEL CONDITIONS FOR LATE NEW YEARS DAY THROUGH
TUESDAY. IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON TRAVELING FOR THE HOLIDAY…BE
SURE TO PREPARE FOR SLICK AND HAZARDOUS ROAD CONDITIONS…AS WELL
AS REDUCED VISIBILITIES FROM BLOWING SNOW. BRING A WINTER SURVIVAL
KIT AND ALSO A CELL PHONE IF YOU HAVE ONE. ALLOW EXTRA TIME TO
REACH YOUR DESTINATION…AS WELL AS ALLOW EXTRA SPACE BETWEEN YOU
AND OTHER TRAFFIC.
WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DULUTH HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY EVENING THROUGH TUESDAY
HARBORS…SILVER BAY…GRAND MARAIS.
* TIMING…SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS…6 TO 12 INCHES.
* WINDS…NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.
* VISIBILITIES…AS LOW AS ONE HALF OF A MILE.
* WIND CHILL VALUES…AS LOW AS 15 BELOW TUESDAY NIGHT.
* IMPACTS…THE HEAVY SNOW WILL MAKE MANY ROADS HAZARDOUS OR
IMPASSABLE. THE COLD WIND CHILLS WILL CAUSE FROSTBITE IN AS
LITTLE AS 30 MINUTES TO EXPOSED SKIN.
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.