4 to 10 inches of snow expected beginning Monday
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Monday evening through late Tuesday in south and central Wisconsin.
Total snow accumulation of 4 to 10 inches is expected, with wind gusts as high as 30 mph, the weather service said Sunday evening. Travel could be very difficult during Tuesday morning and evening commutes.
The highest accumulation of snow is expected to occur north of I-94, with lesser amounts in the southeast. Winds are expected to increase during the storm, creating blowing snow. There is potential for larger snowfall close to Lake Michigan, especially near Milwaukee, which could see 5 to 10 inches.
Snow on Sunday afternoon caused a 40-vehicle pileup on I-94 near Osseo, shutting down the interstate in both directions, according to WEAU-TV in Eau Claire.
The Wisconsin State Patrol was at the scene at mile marker 85 in Eau Claire County, the TV station said.
The vehicles included seven semis and 33 cars, with seven injuries, including one life-threatening injury, the station reported.
On Monday, cloudy skies and a high of 30 are expected as well as a 20 percent chance of snow. Monday night is expected to bring a low of 29 and wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour as well as a 100 percent chance of 2 to 4 inches of additional snow.
There is a 100 percent chance of snow Tuesday, with highs near 31 and 1 to 3 inches expected. Tuesday night will turn blustery, with a low of 18 degrees, with another half-inch of accumulation and the likelihood of blowing and drifting snow.
On Wednesday, the sky will be sunny with a high of 27 and a low of 19.
Snow falls over Pere Marquette Park in Milwaukee on Sunday. A winter storm watch has been issued for parts of southeastern and central Wisconsin from Monday evening through Tuesday evening. Four to 10 inches of snow are expected.