Winter Storm Warning – Worst Still Ahead

***Watch WISN 12 News all day for updates on the snowstorm!***

Good Tuesday bloggers!  Thank you for checking in with Weather Watch 12.  A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect for our entire viewing area until early Wednesday.  Light snow began across our area late last evening and continues this morning.  If you have a snow total to share during this storm, please post it in the comments section of the blog.  We will be using your totals on WISN 12 News!

The worst of this storm is still ahead, as lake enhanced and lake effect snow bands will increase the snowfall rate as the day goes on.  Winds will also increase out of the northeast and gust to 30-35mph by late today and tonight.  By that time many areas will have picked up 3-7″ of snow…with another 1-3″ possible during the evening/overnight period.  The gusty winds will create blowing and drifting snow, and overall poor travel conditions.

Here is the latest as of Tuesday morning on the snow.  The surface map below was from 8:23am.  Notice the area of low pressure to the southeast of Milwaukee over Iowa…this is labeled with a ‘L’.  I also labeled Milwaukee with a blue ‘*’ so you can pick out Southeast Wisconsin.  Wind on this map were out of the east-northeast in Southeast Wisconsin.  Right now the snow is being enhanced by Lake Michigan.  Later today when colder air wraps into the storm and winds turn northeast, lake effect snow bands will push into the region.  These bands may contain periods of heavier snow.  Snowfall rates of 1-2″ an hour will be possible in some of these snow bands.

The radar indicated mainly light snow on Tuesday morning, but there were a couple of bands of moderate snow.  It is the areas of moderate to at time heavy snow indicated by the green color on the radar image below that can deliver a quick 1″ or more of snow as it moves by.  The green band on this image ran from Jefferson County into Waukesha County.  A couple other dots of green were showing up in Dodge County and northern Milwaukee County.

When the snow ends there will be a band of snow around 8-10″ closer to Lake Michigan…and then totals will trail off to 6-8″ farther inland.  This snow will be tough to measure since it will blow around beginning Tuesday afternoon.

Please use caution traveling across the region today.  We’ve been through many snowstorms in the past, but each does present a unique challenge to getting around.

If you have a snow total to share, please post it in the comments section of this blog, or join us on Facebook at WeatherWatch 12 For the very latest weather information make sure to tune into WISN today for continuous updates and at 5, 6, & 10pm for WISN 12 News.

Check back to the blog often today as we will have updates all day long!

Jeremy Nelson

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10 Responses

  1. Forecasting is kinda cheating when you can use the LRC, but fun isn’t it? How many forecasts have you hit now since your arrival in MIL?

    • Scott,

      It does feel like cheating sometimes. Not sure why more mets. don’t follow the LRC or use it. I heard a national met. talking on ABC World News about DC saying the only reason for the heavy snow there this winter was El Nino. I then thought, that would mean every El Nino year should have way above average snowfall. There are many factors to consider when making a long range forecast in addition to El Nino.

      Alright, back to our ongoing storm here…

      Jeremy

  2. Good day! It’s about 12:30 P.M. and up here in the Lomira/Brownsville area it’s fairly quiet. About 3-4 inches on the ground but seems to have let up for now. The sky has even brightened like the sun is trying to peek out. Not much wind. Some light, fine snow, but nothing much right now. Roads are wet is about all.

  3. Hi Jeremy,

    As of 12:30 Oostburg has 3 inches of snow and the wind is starting to pick up in speed.

    Sue

  4. Hi, Jeremy! Miss you in Kansas City! Hope you are enjoying the snow. Glad you stop by the KSHB blog every now and again. It’s good to hear from you and I’ve enjoyed reading your blogs since you’ve been in Milwaukee.

    I have a question for you. A lot of the bloggers (in KC) question the validity of the LRC yet you seemed to have learned and adopted it up quickly and enthusiastically. What do you attribute that to? Meaning, is it something that Gary showed you first hand that made it possible for you to “get it” while some of the bloggers still question it?

    Hope you have a great day!

    • Suzanne,

      After watching and studying the LRC for 3+ years I feel I have enough of an understanding to make fairly accurate long range forecasts. There is something to the LRC, and I think in the coming years more and more Meteorologists will begin to use it for long range forecasting. Thank you for stopping by our blog in Milwaukee…send some Spring weather our way soon:)

      Jeremy

  5. Hi Jeremy,

    Oostburg is now up to 5 inches of snow as of 2:00pm.

    Sue

    • Thanks for the update Sue!

      Jeremy

  6. Hey Jeremy –
    It was great reading your post in KC today, so I thought I’d stop by to see how much worse it is up north! It just started snowing here in Olathe again, but it looks just to be flurries.
    Your viewers are so lucky to have you. I agree that there’s validity to the LRC (from my limited knowledge of meteorology) based on how Gary’s teams’ forcasts have panned out over the past few years, and especially this year so far. In fact, I picked up on his previous station’s forcasts a few times that they may use it, too, perhaps as an additional tool, but just not name the LRC as the source.
    I imagine that it will take years of data to prove (convince?) other weather scientists that this is a reliable tool. You know, kind of like how 10yrs. ago you would never hear a “regular” doctor accept – let alone recommend – chiropractic, message, or therapies like that to patients; but now they are as if Westen science just invented it?

    Keep up the good work and popping in on our blog in KC. With all your new snow to shovel, and your girls too young to do it for Dad still, you just might need a chiropractor. Maybe your doctor can recommend someone:)

    (BTW,is it my computer or is this blog harder than heck to type without pausing every few letters, as if trying to type on a non-QWERTY phone? Frustrating!! I’ve had to strike hard each letter slowly, many times twice. Hey, it’s stopped snowing now – that’s how long this took to type!)

    • Thanks for stopping by. I haven’t heard anything issues with comments being hard to type…but will keep an eye out for that. Hold down the fort in Olathe…that was my home for 3 years!

      Jeremy

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