Frosty Start To Mother’s Day & Snow Video

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Thank you for spending a few minutes of your weekend on the Weather Watch 12 blog!  In this entry we will focus on the potential for a frost/freeze across southeast Wisconsin, and take a look at some snow video from Friday Night.

As expected, the weekend got off to a cold and damp start.  Only a handful of flurries and sleet pellets fell in our part of the state.  Areas from Green Bay back to Duluth saw accumulating snow.  Here is a list of snow totals across the state.

  • Rhinelander  6.0″
  • Land O’ Lakes  3.1″
  • Minocqua  2.9″
  • Plover  2.1″   
  • Green Bay  1.0″

Outside of flurries, our viewing area saw very little snow.  I checked out some video from around the state and thought these shots of the snow covering flowers near Hayward were nice. 

But our very own weather spotter Jake Stehli takes home best home video from this May snowstorm.  Jake ventured to northeast Wisconsin to do a little skiing.  Watch for yourself…

Once the sun sets Saturday evening, the stage will be set for a cold night.  Skies will clear, winds will be light, and frost will be likely.  A Frost Advisory is in effect for all of southeast Wisconsin for early Sunday.  Below is a map showing the county breakdown.  Counties shaded in the light blue are in a Freeze Warning!

Areas within about 3-5 miles of Lake Michigan should stay in the mid-30s overnight.  But inland locations will drop into the upper 20s and low 30s.  If you have plants outside, cover or bring them inside to protect them from the cold.  Even if you live near Lake Michigan it is a good idea to protect your plants and flowers tonight.

After the chilly start on Mother’s Day, temperatures should warm into the mid-50s by afternoon with partly cloudy skies.

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If you have questions about the potential for frost tonight, please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section of the blog!

Have a great weekend!

Jeremy Nelson


2 Responses

  1. I was looking back at your April and May long range forecast notes and was wondering if the LRC is less predictable in the later cycles such as these months versus the winter months.

    You had average temps for April and it turned out to be the 2nd warmest ever. You have below average precip and above average temps for May and both of these could be out the window by the end of the upcoming work week with how cool and wet it is going to be.

    However, you did mention a warm up May 17-24 and the GFS model this morning was hinting at widespread 70s and low 80s for that period, but we know that could always change.

    It’s just that I was amazed how well the first couple cycles repeated back in winter, but now it seems everything is up for grabs.

    • Daniel,

      How far we were above average in April did surprise me. The precipitation I did very well with…especially if you look at all areas of southeast Wisconsin.

      May will hands down end up above average for temps, very confident of that. I think once we get past this week we will dry out. It is possible that we jump above 1.50 or 2.00″ of precip for the month. But keep in mind we need to be well over 3″ to end the month above average.

      The pattern is still repeating, but once we get closer to summer the jet stream retreats north and the upper level flow is very weak. Most of the features will be masked by the weak flow, but the dominate features will still show up. I think around June 22-25(4th week of June) the storm that has shown up in each part of the cycle will come back.

      Thanks for following along with the pattern, and remember it really takes a year to see if you believe it or not.


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