More Light Snow…A Shot of Cold

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog! Over the next few days you may catch yourself asking…is winter ever going to end? That is because skies will be cloudy, temperatures will be below average and there will be on and off light snow for the next couple of days.

If you are looking forward to warmer days and the start of Spring I do have some good news. I will be posting the long range forecast for the month of March exclusively in the blog either tomorrow or Thursday. Remember, the long range forecasts which have worked out very well so far this winter are based on the LRC.

Let’s take a look at the next couple of days and put some numbers on the snow we are expecting. An Alberta Clipper will dive into the Great Lakes over the next 24 hours. This will provide just enough lift to the moisture we have around to translate into areas of light snow. Below is a surface map for tonight into early Wednesday. Notice Milwaukee is in the outlined area of light snow. Sitting back in the upper Midwest is an arctic high…this will keep temperatures below average for much of this week.

If we see accumulating snow across southern Wisconsin I think most of that would be tonight into Wednesday. Before we get there, quick bursts of snow are possible today as snow showers pass through Southeast Wisconsin. Since temperatures are in the low 30s I don’t think any of this would stick on the main roads today.

For tonight thru Wednesday an area of light snow will move across Southeast Wisconsin. One thing we will have to watch closely as the clipper moves by is IF and for HOW LONG the winds may turn off the lake. If the winds become northeast and cold air spills over the lake a period of lake effect snow will be possible. This would add to the snow totals along the lakeshore locations.

Remember back to last Friday and Saturday when I posted the RPM forecast for the snow this past Sunday Night and into Monday…the RPM really nailed the forecast with the low snow totals.

Now this time around…the RPM is picking up on a brief period of lake effect, where other models are turning the winds to the north-northwest quicker. This means the RPM is forecasting totals a little higher over the next couple of days. Nothing major, but 1-2″ are possible with this forecast. Below is the RPM forecast, with Milwaukee marked with a ‘*’.

It is safe to say that most areas will see anywhere from a half inch(heavy dusting) to around maybe 2 inches of snow over the next couple of days. We’ll watch the forecast closely…because if the winds are off the lake for a longer or shorter period of time…the forecast will be tweaked. If and when it does snow again, please post your snow totals to the comments section of the blog and we will use them on WISN 12 News.

As the low moves by winds will increase and pull in colder air. Winds will increase to 15-25mph on Wednesday. It will certainly feel like winter with high back in the 20s…10 degrees below average. Nighttime lows will fall to the teens, with inland areas possibly in the upper single digits.

Below is the NAM temperature forecast for Thursday afternoon. Notice the highs in southwest Minnesota of only 5 to 10 degrees above zero…at least Southeast Wisconsin will have highs in the 20s.

That is the latest on the setup for the next several days. Make sure to wactch WISN 12 News for the most up-to-date forecast. Also, please join our Facebook fan page at WeatherWatch 12 We also send out Twitter updates several times a day!

If you have weather question, just post it to the comments section of this entry! Have a great day!

Jeremy Nelson


4 Responses

  1. Seems when nothing exciting is going on weatherwise this blog is a pretty quiet place. Up in northern Dodge County we had about an inch of snow out of the wimpy storm with some flurries today and breaks of sun. I’m looking forward to your March forecast in the next few days. Actually it’s not out of the realm of reason to expect the first robins in the next couple of weeks. I will keep my fingers crossed.

    • Cliff,

      The blog does get less attention on calmer days, but not by us. We will have the blog updated with the latest weather info from here or anywhere each day. Make sure to tell your friends and family about the blog! Thanks for the snow report.


  2. I’d like to complain about the weather…
    I don’t think I have ever seen a winter where southern Wisconsin had less snow than the Big City! There’s no lake here, LOL! This winter has been rediculous. My complaints can’t even be on the same scale as those coming out of Dallas and Baltimore! Apparently I will need to move back to Wisconsin to get relief from the snow!
    It is unbelievable the highs are 10F below in MKE and 20F in MCI this time of year for even more than a few days! The LRC beat up on the NOAA this year in terms of temp/precip forecasts. Keep up the great work! I enjoy reading your blog!

    • MCI,

      Keep that wintry weather in KC! Hope all is well…great to have you checking in!


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