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Wednesday could be dangerous on the roads

We're going to pay for our beautiful Thanksgiving feast Thursday with the ugliest weather so far this season on Wednesday.

"It could be a hazardous to dangerous travel day," said Todd Rieck, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis.

The best guess this morning was the worst of a bad spell will be Wednesday afternoon and evening when those heading home, or coming back from school, could hit sleet or freezing rain. Strong winds are virtually guaranteed.

There's no way of making the forecast warm and fuzzy.

The weather service this morning predicted snow, freezing rain and sleet before 1 p.m. Wednesday, sleet for the next two hours and rain after 3 p.m. Total precipitation won't be a lot, maybe 0.1 inch, but it could be a dangerous bit of water. Oh yes, winds will pick up, with gusts as high as 39 mph. The only thing missing is a blizzard, but that will come with time.


Wednesday night will bring rain, then freezing rain after 9 p.m. The overnight low will be about 17 and strong winds will continue.

The only good news is little or no ice accumulation is expected during that time.

Then comes Thanksgiving, and we're going to get a chilly break. The forecast is for partly sunny skies and a high near 20, breezy with winds as strong as 30 mph.


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