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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 Blog! The first ‘real’ snow of the season is near, and our confidence in the storm track and forecast snow totals continue to grow. In this blog we’ll look at the updated snowfall forecast, and talk about a few variables in the storm.
Let’s start with talking where the storm is, and where it will track. As of 1pm on Friday the center of low pressure was over South Dakota, and was moving to the southeast. Below is a surface map showing the low labeled with an ‘L’. Also, the surface observations are plotted. The red numbers indicate air temperatures, green numbers dew point, and the little ‘*’ symbols indicate snow. 2 stars mean light snow, and 3 represent moderate snow. On this map there was moderate snow falling in Mankato, MN. Also of note on the map, Milwaukee was 27 degrees and cloudy. Just click to enlarge.
I want to mention again like I did yesterday, that the track of this low pressure system from the Dakotas southeast into the Midwest and eventually toward the Tennessee Valley is NOT a favorable storm track for heavy snow in our area. But again, it is a good track to pick up some snow. And that is what we are looking for Friday night and Saturday.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for this time period for parts of southeast Wisconsin, including the cities of Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, and Waukesha. Only 2 counties in southwest Wisconsin are in the Winter Storm Warning.
We always pride ourselves in putting out the best forecast, and one that people can rely on. Since yesterday’s blog entry I have only pulled the 1 to 2 inch snow band farther south, keeping the forecast pretty consistent. I think with fairly light winds the lake enhanced snow will not push too far inland. This should keep the light snow with the storm in the range of 1 to 2 inches in many areas north of I-94 between Madison and Milwaukee away from Lake Michigan.
The general 2 to 4 inch snow band then covers the rest of southeast Wisconsin. As of this writing I feel that most of this area will fall into the 2 to 3 inch range, with isolated totals approaching 4 inches(especially if some lake effect or enhanced snow occurs).
This is how the storm is currently looking. For the latest updates please tune to WISN 12 News at 5, 6, & 10pm as I’m sure the 2 to 4 inch snow band may shift a little north or south. The snow should start Friday Night and continue into Saturday morning before tapering off in the afternoon. Roads will be slippery in spots, but if you take your time you should be able to get around.
If you take any pictures during the storm, please post them to the U-Local section of WISN.com and also feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and also email@example.com We will show some viewer pictures during our WISN 12 newscasts.
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Enjoy the snow and be safe driving around!