Wintry Start To December

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog!  The start of Meteorological winter ushered in the first true taste of winter to our area this season.  In this blog we’ll look ahead to the potential storm this weekend, and also talk about our current cold weather. 

The high in Milwaukee was 28 degrees on Wednesday, and there was also a trace of snow.  Areas away from Lake Michigan saw a little more than a trace.  Parts of Waukesha, Washington, Jefferson, and Walworth counties had about a quarter to half inch of snow.  Not a lot, but enough to get our minds back into winter-mode.  Below is a picture that I took in Hartland, WI around 9am Wednesday morning.  Roads had a dusting of snow on them, and were a little slippery.

Remember, if you have pictures to share, please post them to the U-Local section of  We always love to share viewer photos on WISN 12 News!


The pockets of light snow and flurries came and went, but the cold hung around and will be with us for the next 5-7 days!  The little disturbance that produced our snow, also created winds of 10 to 20 mph which drove wind chills into the teens.  Those cold wind chills will remain on Thursday, so dress in layers and stay warm!  If you have never seen the chart we use to calculate the wind chill check it out below.


After a quiet day on Thursday, all eyes will be on the potential weekend storm.  There are question marks surrounding the track, how much moisture will be available, and will there be any type of lake enhancement or lake effect snow.  These variables changing in the slightest way will have a big impact on our weather from late Friday through the weekend.

Right now it looks like there will be a band of steady/heavy snow that pushes into Wisconsin, early thinking is the best placement would be from the western part of the state south and east into south central Wisconsin.  This area could see ‘inches’ of snow.  While surrounding it there would also be measurable snow.

Right now I am confident in saying our area will see snow, and it should be accumulating snow in and around Milwaukee.  Due to the variables above I’m a little hesitant to put amounts on until Thursday.  In the meantime, I will show what ONE computer model is saying about the potential for snow.

Below is our in-house high resolution model.  This is through 3pm Saturday.

My best advice right now is to stay updated on the forecast by checking back here to the blog, and also watching WISN 12 News from 4:30-7:00am and at 5, 6, & 10pm.  Updates are also on Facebook at WeatherWatch 12 and on Twitter at WISN12News

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have in the comments section of the blog! 

Jeremy Nelson


8 Responses

  1. Any idea of the timing of the storm in the Milwaukee metro area, or is that also a stretch due to the various models?

    • On our newscasts today(Wednesday) I have been showing the hour by hour forecast and it looks like Friday night the snow moves in. So by Saturday morning, more than likely there is a fresh coat of snow, how deep, that is the question.


  2. Snow, yuck. Once again… keep it. All of it.

    • After last winter in KC, you deserve a break!


    • lrcweather, the outlook shows nothing for anyone except northern NH and southwest ME. 🙂 What are you trying to say?

      • My bad. It is a dynamic link. It made sense yesterday, but not for today as it is time sensitive. This is today’s, but a bit different from yesterday.

        Also, for fun…I used the SREF Plume product to get the output from 21 different model members to get a “mean” prog for snowfall at MKE. Looks like 2-4 inches. The tightest grouping was near 3 to 3.5 inches.

        About the same for the Oshkosh area.

        Just one model one run.

  3. Josh – I have a reply for you awaiting moderation. Links…

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