SEVERE WEATHER ALERT

Special Weather Statement

Issued by the National Weather Service For Marathon County, Wisconsin

Special weather statement until 8am CST Friday. Snow likely to slow the morning commute. A large area of snow covered central and eastern wisconsin early this morning. The snow has been falling since yesterday evening over central and north-central Wisconsin, and for an hour or two in the east. The snow is expected to continue across the area through daybreak, though it will probably begin to taper off some in central Wisconsin shortly thereafter.

Untreated roads are likely to be snow covered and slippery this morning. The snow could also be falling quite heavily in eastern Wisconsin during the morning commute. As a result, commuters should plan on needing a little extra time to get to school or work this morning.

The snow will gradually taper off from southwest to northeast during the middle to late morning hours. It will probably take until about noon for the first band of snow to exit the lakeshore, and until afternoon for it to exit the far northeast portion of the state. A lull in the snow is then expected for the mid-day hours. But heavier snow showers will shift back across the area from northwest to southeast this afternoon and evening.

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Northwest winds will also increase during that time, with gusts of 30 to 40 mph likely. That will result in some blowing and drifting of the snow. The combination of another round of snow, blowing and drifting snow, and falling temperatures will likely lead to another round of hazardous travel conditions across central and north-central Wisconsin during the afternoon, and in the east during the late afternoon and evening. Meanwhile, the arrival of colder air over lake superior will result in heavy lake-effect snows in the snowbelt of north-central Wisconsin, beginning this afternoon and continuing through tonight.

Travel conditions in vilas county and adjacent areas will likely become quite difficult starting during the late afternoon hours.