The Chippewa Valley saw its first significant snowfall of the season Thursday, with more harsh winter conditions possible into next week.
According to the National Weather Service, 2.3 inches of snow fell in Eau Claire on Thursday. Weather reports predict more snow to come on Sunday and dangerous wind chills possible into Wednesday.
“We’ve been prepared for this storm all winter,” said Steven Thompson, Eau Claire street and fleet manager.
Most schools in the region closed Thursday, including Eau Claire, Altoona, Menomonie and Chippewa Falls. Snow and windy conditions started after noon.
The Weather Co. predicts the low will be 12 degrees below zero today, with a high of 7 degrees. On Saturday, the low could dip to 13 below zero and rise to 4. On Sunday, the low is projected at 1 degree below zero, with a high of 9.
In Eau Claire, alternate side parking is in effect due to the snow. Residents are asked to follow alternate side parking rules from now to 5 p.m. Saturday.
On odd-numbered days, vehicles should be parkedon the side of the street with odd-numbered addresses, and on even-numbered days, vehicles should be parked on the side of the street with even-numbered addresses.
Thompson said residents should give plow trucks the necessary space to operate and those traveling should plan extra time into their commute.
Reporter Lauren French contributed to this story.