Special Weather Statement – 4-15-18

Special Weather Statement
Weather Updated: Apr 15 11:37AM
Issued by the National Weather Service
For Marathon County, Wisconsin

 

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT UNTIL 2:45PM CDT SUN

HISTORIC APRIL SNOWSTORM CONTINUES TO BRING HEAVY SNOW AND DANGEROUS CONDITIONS TO THE AREA THIS AFTERNOON. RADAR INDICATED A LARGE BAND OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL, NORTH-CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST WISCONSIN. THIS BAND OF SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MID AFTERNOON, THEN GRADUALLY TAPER OFF TO LIGHT SNOW LATER THIS AFTERNOON OR EARLY THIS EVENING. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR ARE EXPECTED IN THE HEAVY SNOW BANDS.

NORTHEAST WINDS GUSTING TO 30 TO 40 MPH WILL CREATE SIGNIFICANT AREAS OF BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND MAY CAUSE SOME TREE DAMAGE AND SPORADIC POWER OUTAGES. MOTORIST CAN EXPECT POOR VISIBILITIES BELOW ONE MILE, AND AT TIMES DOWN TO NEAR ZERO DUE TO THE SNOW AND BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH LATE EVENING WILL BE IN THE 5 TO 10 INCH RANGE ON TOP OF WHAT ALREADY HAS FALLEN.

THIS IS A HISTORIC APRIL SNOWSTORM THAT IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE 15 TO 30 INCHES ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE.

EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE INTO THIS EVENING. TRAVEL IS NOT RECOMMENDED, EXCEPT IN THE CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, TAKE ADEQUATE PRECAUTIONS TO ENSURE YOU REMAIN SAFE IF YOU BECOME STRANDED. MAKE SURE YOUR VEHICLES TIRES, BATTERY, LIGHTS, DEFROSTERS AND WINDSHIELD WIPERS ARE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER BEFORE BEGINNING YOUR TRIP. MAKE SURE THE GASOLINE TANK IS FULL BEFORE CROSSING OPEN COUNTRY. BE SURE TO TAKE ALONG A FLASHLIGHT, BLANKETS, FOOD, AND WATER. IF YOU BECOME STRANDED, REMAIN WITH YOUR VEHICLE.