How the National Weather Service is tracking this winter storm to keep you safe

The National Weather Service says the current storm has been the strongest of the year in terms of total snowfall.

It’s been a busy day at the National Weather Service office in La Crosse. On a good weather day, there may only be two people in the office, but there are five employees working Tuesday to make sure they have the most up-to-date information to keep everyone safe.

John Wetenkamp a Meteorologist National Weather Service said, “It’s a situation where it could potentially be life threatening if you don’t take the appropriate actions.”

Wetenkamp is one of the Meteorologists at the National Weather Service keeping an eye on this storm.

“Roads- are slippery at times, intersections are slippery so certainly hazardous to dangerous during the heaviest snowfall,” Wetenkamp said.

His job is to gather information on the storm to keep all of us safe.

“We’re really busy, collecting snowfall reports is a big part of what we’re doing here today. Also updating the winter storm warning for the ongoing winter storm. looking at new model data,” Wetenkamp said.

Wetenkamp said being accurate is the most important aspect of his job.

“Oh, it’s everything. Last night going to bed, I’m wondering: ‘is this forecast going to pan out what we had?”,” Wetenkamp said.

The weather service, predicted Monday night that we would get around 6 to 12 inches of snow.

Wetenkamp thinks when it’s all said and done, La Crosse will receive around 10 inches of snow.

“Looks like the forecast was right on target. It’s a good feeling to get that information out there,” Wetenkamp said.

WKBT meteorologist Cory Malles said these winter storms aren’t always easy to predict.

“The problem is they change overt ime and so what looks like it’s going to happen today may change a bit for tomorrow. So tomorrows’s forecast will be a little bit different,” Malles said.

The most important thing is that everyone stays safe.

“Stay safe today, exercise caution if you have to travel today, if not, stay home until conditions improve,” Wetenkamp said.

The National Weather Service said this winter storm has already broken the daily snowfall record for Feb. 12 in La Crosse.

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