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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 Blog! Bands of heavy lake effect snow buried parts of extreme eastern Racine and Kenosha counties with as much as 10″ of snow late Christmas Day!
One more band of lake effect snow is possible Sunday morning before winds shift enough to push the bands back over Lake Michigan. Here is a look at the radar around 4am Sunday. Notice the band of snow over the lake, this will gradually move back west and graze parts of Racine and Kenosha counties.
Lake effect snow advisories continue until Noon Sunday for Racine and Kenosha counties. If the snow band does push back in, an additional 1″ to 4″ is possible, but as of 9am it looks like most areas will stay around 1″, or even less. As with any lake effect event, snow totals have varied greatly across the area. Here is a look at totals from lakeshore counties thru 6am Sunday.
- Kenosha 6″-10″
- Racine 5.5″
- Franksville 4.0″
- Cudahy 1.1″
- Milwaukee Mitchell Airport 0.6″
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Lake effect snow bands can produce some incredible snowfall rates and blinding snow. That is what occurred last night as a heavy band of snow blanketed parts of Racine and Kenosha counties.
The image below from the NWS shows estimated one hour snowfall accumulations from 923 to 1023 pm CST. Green areas are 1+” of snow per hour, brown 2+” per hour, and red 3+” per hour snowfall rates!
If you have a snow total or pictures of the snow please send them to us! Pictures can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and totals can be dropped off in the comments section of the blog.
Moving forward this week, quiet weather will hold through Wednesday. After that the much advertised New Year’s storm will head into the nation’s mid-section. As of this writing it appears that mild air will surge north, placing southeastern Wisconsin in the warmer part of the storm. This would mean a chance of rain, before colder air changes any moisture over to snow.
Below is a total precipitation forecast from the 6Z GFS computer model. This would indicate around 0.50″ to 1.00″ of precipitation, most coming in the form of rain. Just click on the image to enlarge.
We will continue to monitor the trends and have the updated forecasts on WISN 12 News!
Have a great day!