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Strong snow storm to hit Western Wisconsin

A Blizzard Warning is now in effect for areas along and south of I-90 from 6 p.m. Wednesday through Midnight Thursday night.

This warning now includes the cities of La Crosse, Winona, La Crescent, Sparta, Mauston, Viroqua, and Prairie du Chien.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for areas north of La Crosse.

Storm totals will range from:

4-8 inches around Eau Claire

5-10 inches across parts of Wabasha, Buffalo and Trempealeau Counties

10-15+ inches for La Crosse and the I-90 corridor

14-18+ inches for areas east and south of La Crosse


StormTeam 8 Meteorologist Cory Malles says these numbers could change depending on the final track and strength of the storm.

The snow is expected to develop in the La Crosse area after 8 or 9 p.m. Wednesday night. The snow will become heavy at times after midnight. Malles says he's expecting anywhere from 3-4 inches (far north) to 5-6 inches to already be on the ground by daybreak tomorrow, making for a difficult morning commute. The heaviest snowfall arrives in time for the morning commute, then continues into the early afternoon before winding down late in the day.  

In addition to the snow, winds will increase dramatically as the storm moves through late tonight and into Thursday. Expect N/NW winds at 20-30 mph, with gusts of 35 to 40 mph possible. This will cause significant blowing and drifting of any snow that falls. Blizzard conditions are likely across much of the area, especially along and south of the I-90 corridor. 2 to 4 foot drifts will be possible in areas that see the heaviest snow! Strong winds will continue even after the snow ends. They will diminish late tomorrow night.

Stay with the Storm Team 8 and News8000.com for updates on this snow storm.

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