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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.
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