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Now onto the weather heading into Friday. As expected our highs made it well into the 30s across the region on Thursday. This did melt some of the snow, and with a lot of low level moisture from this snow melt, clouds were the result and covered Southeast Wisconsin. A weak front will push into the region tonight and likely produce some very light precipitation. The map below is from the 12Z NAM(North American Model), and is for 6am Friday. This indicates the possibility of some very light drizzle, freezing drizzle, or flurries. Again, this looks to be very light and at this point it doesn’t look anything that should produce icy roads. Maybe some slippery spots on driveways, sidewalks, etc.
As the weak front drops south of our region, winds will turn to the northwest to west on Friday. There isn’t much cold air behind the front, so temperatures may only retreat a few degrees on Friday. This means highs in the 30s will still be around through the weekend! I think a few spots may even hit 40 on Saturday!
If you are looking for a bigger or wetter storm, I still am very confident that our weather pattern will become more active for Southeast Wisconsin around the 22-26 of this month. This was the timeframe that I highlighted for our winter forecast of the wettest storm to hit Milwaukee with anything from rain to sleet to snow. More on that in the coming days!
The last subject I want to touch on briefly is wind power. When I was driving back to visit family on January 1 of this year I took this picture while traveling along I-90 in southern Minnesota around Albert Lea. I use to travel through this part of the state often, but not since I moved to Kansas City over 3 years ago. It was amazing to see wind turbines as far as the eye can see in many areas. Growing up in southwest Minnesota I can vividly remember the winds that would howl pretty much year round. So this seems like, and is, a great place for wind power.
Both Minnesota and Wisconsin continue to expand the use of wind power. But as more farms are developed there have been some challenges to overcome along the way. Any energy source will have pros and cons, but I had not read anything quite like the article that was recently in the Star Tribune. The article takes a few minutes to read, but I think you will find it interesting.
Here is the link to the Star Tribune wind power story:
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