UPDATE: Rain creeps into area ahead of predicted snow
Let the nasty spring weather begin.
Rain showers crept into the New Richmond area around 3 p.m. today (Thursday). Could the snow be far behind? It was snowing pretty well by 4 p.m., although the snow wasn't sticking just yet. High winds made visibility a little difficult.
Most of the school sporting events planned for Thursday and Friday in the area have been cancelled or postponed in anticipation of the bad weather. Although the Somerset soccer team was still scheduled to play today (Thursday) in spite of the snow.
A Winter Storm Warning is in place for Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn counties. It's in effect from 7 p.m. tonight through 7 am. Saturday morning. The National Weather Service predicts that 5 to 7 inches of snow in the region will be whipped up by high winds, causing problems for motorists and others out in the elements.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been anounced for Taylor County. A Blizzard Warning is issued for Douglas County.
A Lakeshore Flood Statement has been issued for Ashland, Bayfield and Douglas counties. Officials warn that high winds and waves wil impact the shoreline of western Lake Superior through Friday night. Waves have already been reported at five feet in Duluth.
As of now, now warnings or advisories have been issued for St. Croix or Pierce counties. Stay on top of the situation, especially if you plan on traveling over the next couple days.