Heavy Snow Band Develops

***Watch WISN 12 News all day long for updates on the winter storm***

The snow is here!  Totals are already hitting 5″…here are a few totals as of 9am.

  • Hartford 5.5″
  • Jackson 5.0″
  • Saukville 4.1″
  • Beaver Dam 2.6″

The snow arrived right on schedule this morning and will continue today and into tonight.  As we discussed in yesterday’s blog there will be heavy bands of snow that will set up due to lake enhancement of the snow.  One of those bands of heavy snow has already pushed into parts of Southeast Wisconsin.  Snowfall rates could easily be in the range of 1″-2″+ per hour!  If these bands move over your location and stick around for a couple of hours or longer you will easily see the snow pile up very quickly.  These are the locations that will likely see the greatest snow totals out of this storm, approaching 10″ or even more in isolated spots.

Here is the radar image showing a heavy band of snow around 9:15am running from northern Ozaukee county west through central Washington county and into Dodge county.

All of Southeast Wisconsin is now under a Winter Storm Warning for today and this evening.  The heavy bands of snow will continue to waver across the region.  If you get caught in one of the heavy bands of snow, visibilities can easily drop below a quarter mile.  So please use caution traveling anywhere today.

The latest information from the 12Z NAM(one of our computer models) on where the heaviest snow will accumulate looks like it may be from Milwaukee north to Sheboygan.  Here is the forecast precipitation totals.  The dark blue area near and north of Milwaukee represents 0.50″ to 0.75″ of liquid…translated to snow that dark area would see 10″ of snow, or even a little more with the lake enhancement/effect factored in.

For more information on this first winter storm of 2010 please continue to check back to the blog frequently today.  Also, check out our interactive radar which will allow you to track the heavy bands of snow right down to your backyard.  Finally, you can stay updated online at our Facebook page: WeatherWatch 12  and you can also follow us on Twitter!

For the most up-to-date information make sure to keep you tv tuned to WISN all day long for updates!  If you get a chance please post your snow totals in the comments section of the blog and we will use some of them on WISN 12 News!

Jeremy Nelson

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Mark & Jeremy,

    So far in Oostburg we have 6 inches of snow. I live about a 1/4 mile from the lake.

    Sue

    • Sue,

      Thank you so much for the total! We will add this to our list. Great to have someone reporting from Oostburg!

      Jeremy

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