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It has now been over a month since our last major snowstorm in Milwaukee…but it looks like that streak will end as we continue to track the potential for heavy snow across the region. Pockets of light snow can be expected on and off today. Most roads should be in good condition, but isolated slippery spots may develop.
The snow from Monday morning into the afternoon is just the tease to our big storm which will really get cranked up early Tuesday and then continue throughout the day. The ‘tease’ part of the storm which is mainly light lake-effect snow could produce 1-4″ in some lakeshore areas. Winds out of the southeast Monday morning created a long fetch which resulted in light snow. Areas mainly north of Milwaukee picked up a quick 1-2″ of snow…including Campbellsport.
Below is a surface map showing the southeast winds blowing across Lake Michigan. The large ‘*’ indicates where Milwaukee is located. The little ‘**’s near Sheboygan and Port Washington indicate light snow…these are areas seeing snow accumulation right now.
This storm has two main areas of low pressure…one over the upper Midwest, and another over the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley. These lows will try to merge. Here is the forecast surface map at 6pm Tuesday. At this time lake effect snow will begin to take over around Southeast Wisconsin…and it could be heavy at times.
The snowfall forecast still calls for the heaviest snows to pile up closer to Lake Michigan due to the enhancement/effect snows that will occur. Our official snow forecast can be seen on WISN 12 News. But to summarize we are still looking for a 6-10″ band to set up, which includes Milwaukee.
Below is just one of our computer model forecasts that we look at. This is the latest data…showing some of the heaviest snow around Sheboygan. This one model is also trying to put down a couple areas with 12″ of snow!
If you have travel plans across the region you should be able to get around just fine today. By Tuesday, conditions will begin to worsen as snow will become steady, and winds will increase. Blowing and drifting snow will be likely, and will reduce visibilities later Tuesday and Tuesday Night.
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Have a great Monday and get ready for the snow…here it comes!