Thursday’s commute will be a mess across much of the state, as a winter storm brings 7″ to 14″ of heavy, wet snow into central Wisconsin by tomorrow morning. Dan Baumgard, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in La Crosse, says overnight snowfall rates of 1″ to 3″ per hour are likely overnight, along a corridor from La Crosse to Green Bay.
Travel may be impacted north of Interstate 90 this afternoon, and will become dangerous tonight as snow becomes heavy. “If you have travel plans tonight, do try to change those,” said Baumgard, who added that thundersnow and lightning are possible overnight as well. “Thursday we’ll still see accumulating snow in the eastern one-half of the state, but the commute tomorrow will be a mess.”
For today, north of Interstate 90, expect all snow during the afternoon with 1″-3″ possible. South of Interstate 90 a wintry mix will develop into the afternoon, with snow accumulations near Interstate 90 up to 1″.