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Storm impacting News 8 viewing area

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - A powerful storm is impacting the News 8 viewing area. The worst part of the storm will be Thursday afternoon and night.

StormTeam 8 Meteorologist Bill Graul said by Friday morning, La Crosse and points south and east could pick up anywhere from 1-4 inches of snow. Much heavier totals are expected just north and west of La Crosse with snowfall anywhere from 4-10 inches over the northwestern third of our viewing area. A swath of 9-14 inches is possible from Southern Minnesota up through Western and NW Wisconsin, including just north and west of Eau Claire.

Graul said it could be just cold enough for snow to fall in the northern and western counties of the News 8 viewing area where snow could start to accumulate, especially Thursday afternoon. With periods of rain possible Thursday, some areas could see some minor flooding because the ground is frozen.

Here are the latest winter weather headlines from the National Weather Service: The WINTER STORM WARNING for La Crosse and points south & east was cancelled and replaced by a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY and it's in effect through Noon Friday. This includes La Crosse, Monroe, Juneau, Adams, Houston, Vernon, Richland, Crawford & Allamakee counties. These areas will see rain or a wintry mix most of today... then 1"-4" of snow will be possible late today and tonight.

A WINTER STORM WARNING is still in effect for areas to the north through Noon Friday, including Winona, Buffalo, Trempealeau, Jackson, Clark, Eau Claire, Pepin, Dunn & Chippewa counties. These areas could see anywhere from 4" to 10"+ with the highest totals the farther north & west you go.

A BLIZZARD WARNING remains in effect through Noon Friday for much of Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa, including Wabasha, Fillmore & Winneshiek counties in the News 8 viewing area. These areas will see a wide range in snow totals... but will also see the strongest winds. The terrain is also most favorable for blowing & drifting snow, whiteouts and blizzard conditions.

**It's important to continue to monitor the latest forecasts as adjustments to expected snowfall totals could be made based on the latest temperature trends as this storm deepens just to our south & east.**

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