URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
349 AM CST Wed Feb 22 2017
 
...Winter Storm Moves In Thursday Night...
 
.Snow...rain...and wind will accompany a winter storm slated to
drive across the region Thursday night through Friday night.
 
The precipitation will start out as rain Thursday evening...
transitioning to snow or a rain-snow mix later Thursday night,
continuing through Friday. Snow is expected Friday night. A brief
period of freezing drizzle also possible late Thursday night into
Friday morning.
 
Current indications would bring 4 to 8 inches...locally
higher...to locations along and north of an Austin to Winona
Minnesota...to Black River Falls Wisconsin line. Light icing
possible if freezing drizzle develops.
 
Winds become strong and gusty Friday night. Blowing and drifting
snow could become a concern in open and unsheltered areas.
 
While confidence is high that this storm will produce significant
amounts of snow, where that ultimately falls is not certain. A
small shift in the storm track will have large impacts on what
falls where, and how much.
 
Keep up on the latest forecasts and prepare now for this winter
storm...especially if you have travel plans.
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Including the cities of Wabasha, Dodge Center, Rochester, Winona,
Austin, Medford, Neillsville, Alma, Arcadia, Whitehall,
and Black River Falls
349 AM CST Wed Feb 22 2017
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING...
The National Weather Service in La Crosse has issued a Winter
Storm Watch...which is in effect from Thursday evening through
Friday evening.
 
* Snow and freezing drizzle expected from Thursday evening
through Friday evening.
 
* Total snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches...locally higher
possible. Ice accumulations of a glaze are also possible.
 
* Significant reductions in visibility in the snow.
 
* Plan on difficult driving conditions...including during the
morning commute on Friday.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
A winter storm watch means there is potential for significant
snow...sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
 
Flood Statement
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
417 AM CST WED FEB 22 2017
 
.A Flood Warning remains in effect for the Black River from Black
River Falls to Galesville. The river has crested at Black River
Falls...but remains above flood stage. At Galesville...the
river is forecast to rise above flood stage by Thursday morning.
 
River forecasts take into account both observed and forecast
precipitation.
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
Do not drive cars into flooded areas. Remember, it only takes two
feet of water to float most automobiles, including sport utility
vehicles. Turn Around, Don't Drown!
 
Additional river and weather information is available at...
http://www.weather.gov/lacrosse .
 
The Flood Warning continues for
The Black River At Black River Falls.
* until Friday afternoon...Or until the warning is cancelled.
* At 3:15 AM Wednesday the stage was 50.6 feet.
* Flood stage is 47.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...The river will fall below flood stage Thursday
evening.
 
 
Flood Statement
National Weather Service La Crosse WI
608 PM CST TUE FEB 21 2017
...A FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 345 PM CST WEDNESDAY FOR SOUTHERN CLARK AND CENTRAL JACKSON COUNTIES...
At 425 PM CST, Clark County Emergency Management reported that the
ice jam on the Black River upstream of Lake Arbutus has moved
downstream of Highway 95 and is now located below the Lake Arbutus
Resort. Water has receded from Riviera Avenue. While there are no
flooding issues at this time, there is a large ice jam where the
Black River enters Lake Arbutus, and the areas surrounding the lake
are still prone to flooding.
 
Some locations that could experience flooding include...
The entire shore around Lake Arbutus and below the Hatfield Dam
 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.
 
Please report flooding to your local law enforcement agency when you
can do so safely.