MILWAUKEE -- A storm system is working its way through Wisconsin on one of the busiest travel days of the year, bringing nearly a foot of snow in the northern reaches of the state, while southeast Wisconsin is seeing extreme winds, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour.
We're tracking the latest information you need to now in both the Milwaukee area and around the state.
Snow is slowing down across northwest Wisconsin, but here in the southeast part of the state we're still dealing with very strong winds. Most of our viewing area should still expect wind gusts up to 40 MPH this afternoon.
As predicted, southeast Wisconsin has seen almost zero snow today. The National Weather Service office in Milwaukee shared this update with a (lack of) the white stuff:
If you're flying out of Milwaukee today, odds are you're going to be okay. Digital Reporter James Groh is down there this morning and says almost every flight is on time.
There it is, folks - our first snow total report above 10 inches! Rhinelander, Eagle River, and Manitowish Waters have all officially topped 10 inches, according to our sister station WJFW-TV in Rhinelander.
As the snow winds down in northwest Wisconsin, the National Weather Service is warning of another hazard: Blowing snow. Wind gusts of up to 50 MPH will create low visibility as it whips around all the snow that just fell.
The snowfall has resulted in completely to partially covered roads across the region.Gusty winds behind this system will last through the afternoon, with gusts up to 50 mph possible. Blowing and drifting snow is expected with the gusty winds and freshly fallen snow. pic.twitter.com/m8MGD0WkQw— NWS La Crosse (@NWSLaCrosse) November 27, 2019
Power outages continue to be an issue in southeast Wisconsin. The We Energies outage map shows that about 1,300 customers are currently without power. Most of those are in Sheboygan County (1,009). There are also 87 customers without power in Racine County, 40 in Walworth, and 33 in Milwaukee County. Check the outage map here.
It's a winter wonderland in west-central Wisconsin! Photos from sister station WEAU-TV show trees burdened with snow. Totals are expected to surpass a half a foot in west-central Wisconsin.
You think we got it bad in Wisconsin? Just look at these snow totals that are rolling in from Minnesota:
As high winds settle into southeast Wisconsin for the day, power outages are to be expected. Right now We Energies customers are mostly in the clear, but there are 80 customers in Waukesha County and 30 in Milwaukee County without power as of 8:39 a.m. Check for yourself on We Energies' outage map here.
More snow totals are in - from both central Wisconsin and just across the border in Minnesota. The National Weather Service office in La Crosse has gotten just under five inches:
Curious about snowfall totals so far? Here is a map of reports we have received. Climate site totals as of 6 AM:— NWS La Crosse (@NWSLaCrosse) November 27, 2019
Rochester International Airport: 6.8"
La Crosse Regional Airport: 1.5"
La Crosse NWS Office: 4.8"https://t.co/3K49MeRQpA pic.twitter.com/I5i5tp8pap
If you have the flexibility to avoid traveling today, that would probably be for the best. Heavy snow continues up north, and extreme wind gusts will make travel difficult in the southeast region of the state as well. Thanksgiving itself looks pretty quiet, and will be much better for travel.
A good reminder to slow down from the Wisconsin DOT. Minor injuries were reported when a Chippewa County plow truck crashed with a vehicle. The DOT says you should stay at least 200 feet behind snow plows - that's more than half a football field.
A Chippewa County plow truck and vehicle crashed early this morning on Hwy 29 near 30th Street. There were minor injuries. Plow operators are working across western and north-central WI this morning. Stay at least 200 feet behind a working snowplow. #givethemroom pic.twitter.com/uMgH9Qyt1L— Wisconsin DOT (@WisconsinDOT) November 27, 2019
Here's the biggest snow total we've seen so far in Wisconsin from this system - 9 inches in beautiful Tomahawk - and it's still snowing.
Check out these eye-popping snow totals from our sister station WEAU-TV in Eau Claire. Keep in mind that the snow is still falling to the north and west, and these numbers are expected to increase:
If you're traveling up north, TAKE IT SLOW! The National Weather Service's office in La Cross reports most roads are at least partially covered and slippery.
[6:55 am] - Most roads across the area are being reported at partially to completed covered and slippery. Avoid unnecessary travel as accidents have been reported! Snow will gradually taper off from west to east through the morning hours. #iawx #mnwx #wiwx pic.twitter.com/HFAx2RT1i4— NWS La Crosse (@NWSLaCrosse) November 27, 2019
To those of you with friends or family in the tip top of Wisconsin or over in Minnesota - travel conditions are "nearly impossible" this morning. Reconsider any travel arrangements you may have for that area.
Difficult to nearly impossible travel conditions will impact the region today due to heavy accumulating snow, along with blowing and drifting #snow. The heaviest snow is expected over northwest Wisconsin, where an additional 6 to 12 inches of snow will be possible. #mnwx #wiwx pic.twitter.com/7lA3fyfOne— NWS Duluth (@NWSduluth) November 27, 2019
While northern Wisconsin is dealing with snow, back home we're seeing mostly rain. Here's a look at some rain totals from overnight - Brian Niznansky says some more rain and even snow is still possible in southeast Wisconsin today:
The further north you go, the more snow you're going to see Wednesday. The National Weather Service is forecasting an additional inch or so for much of central Wisconsin today, while Medford and areas further north could see another three inches or more.
Wondering how much snow will fall today? Here's what we currently expect before the snow ends later this morning into the early afternoon. If you're traveling, be sure to give yourself extra time to reach your destination. #wiwx #mnwx #iawx pic.twitter.com/O4gQVPjWEz— NWS La Crosse (@NWSLaCrosse) November 27, 2019
Storm Team 4 meteorologist Brian Niznansky says that winds will peak early this afternoon in southeast Wisconsin. Our entire viewing area will at the very least get close to touching 40 mile per hour wind gusts.
If you live near Wisconsin Dells, the National Weather Service warns that you may be on the edge of the snow zone today. The good news is there's a better Thanksgiving forecast on tap:
We are under a Wind Advisory in southeast Wisconsin from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Some power outages may happen across the region.
Wind Advisory goes into effect at 8am through 6pm. Winds may gust up to 50mph... making travel difficult and keep a flashlight handy at home. pic.twitter.com/a0WAS7rlH4— Brian Niznansky (@BrianNizTMJ4) November 27, 2019
Travel conditions in west-central Wisconsin are definitely not ideal right now - here's a picture from our sister station WEAU-TV in Eau claire: