Archive for December, 2008

Santa Brings Arctic Blast…
December 24, 2008

Along with presents and joy for all. Merry Christmas from our weather family to yours.  We wish you all the best in the New Year.

Another 2″ – 4″ of snow fell around the area Christmas Eve providing a fresh coating on rooftops for Santa and his reighndeer.

Now get ready for another arctic blast to sweep across the area through Christmas Day. However, unlike so many this month, this blast will last only a day.  A return flow of warm air bring with it a chance for rain by Friday.  That’s an amazing turn around!

Of course with a warm up and rain comes a distinct possibilty of some flooding.  Stay tuned to Weather Watch 12 for updates on an impending weekend storm.

Once that storm passes, it looks like we’ll ring in the new year with sunshine and seasonal temps… for a change!



Progressive Weather Pattern Persists
December 15, 2008

Winter doesn’t even officially ARRIVE until Sunday!  The solstice comes Sunday, December 21 at 6:04am.  We are pushing 17 inches of snow and more in the forecast this week.  Over the weekend a blizzard roared across the northern plains.  We missed the snow with this one.  After Sunday temps in the 40s and light rain the only effect from the plains storm is the bitter cold air in place for today. A cold front sliced through around 2am and brought a quick hit of snow and sleet.  Temps fell from the mid 20s at midnight to 6 degrees by 6am.  West winds gusted to 46mph in Racine, 41mph at Mitchell, 43mph at Kenosha and 40mph at Waukesha.  Fortunately, the winds will diminish later today.  We are casting a wary eye at the central plains for today.  A disturbance will tap into some Gulf moisture and bring a round of snow in by later Tuesday afternoon.  Good news here is temps will recover into the low 20s, but with that we do get some accumulation for Tuesday evening and overnight.  For  now, it looks like a 3-5″ snowfall with a few locally higher amounts.  It will be a lighter-powdery snow like you would see on a Christmas card.  We are quiet and in the 20s for Wednesday but another storm will take shape in the southwestern U.S. that may impact our weather for Thursday.  At this time it looks like Thursday highs will be in the low to mid 30s.  So, this storm may start as a cold rain and then mix with a change over to snow.  However, as usual the storm track and strength are still uncertain so stay tuned!  Sally Severson

Another Crazy Sunday Night
December 14, 2008

Here we go again. Another Sunday night, another wild weather night. This time it is tumbling temps, rapidly freezing roadways, and seriously low wind chill temperatures.

A powerful cold front is racing across our area right now. After a high in the upper 40s the temperature is set to drop almost 40 degrees in the next 8 hours. Adding insult to injury is the rain that is falling right now making the roads wet. The rain will change to freezing rain and sleet and then snow. It will not be a lot of precipitation, but because the temperatures will be falling so fast I am worried about “flash freezing” on the roads.  Please be very careful traveling tonight and Monday morning. Your driveway and sidewalks will likely be a sheet of ice in the morning and the temperature when you wake up will be in the single digits with wind chills well below zero. By the way, wind chill is the combination of the actual temperature and wind speed as a feels like temperature on exposed skin. 

Another round of snow is on the way for Tuesday night. It looks like 2-4 inches at this point. Stay tuned.

Mark Baden

Crazy Storm
December 1, 2008

I am not sure if this is going to happen every Sunday, but we seem to be in a pattern of tough forecasts every weekend.

Another winter storm is upon us bringing some areas very heavy snow or some, while near the lake mainly rain fell until after midnight. This is a very difficult forecast because some parts of our area will get less than 2″ when other areas get near 10″. The lake played a huge part in this with the rain near the lake and the higher snow totals inland. The lake temperature is around 40 degrees and that held the temps up near the lakeshore and kept a lot of the early precipitation as a mixture of snow and rain and kept any accumulation from occuring. As the winds shifted more to the north, the lakeshore areas finally got accumulating snow after midnight. One very heavy lake effect band set up from Sheboygan county through Washington county and into northern Waukesha county. Snow totals in this band will be from 6″-9″ by Monday morning. That heavy snow band shifted south and was pelting Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties as I am writing this at 12:30 AM Monday morning.

The heavy snow should taper off by 3AM, but light snow and strong winds will make for tough travel into the morning commute. Stay with weather watch 12 for the latest

Mark Baden