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As the snow and wind increase tonight, we will be covering the storm on WISN 12 and right here in the blog. If you are up late tonight, make sure to check back for updates, and please post your weather reports to the comments section of the blog!
A band of steady snow covered much of southern Wisconsin at 7:30pm. Blizzard conditions were being reported in many rural areas of southeast Wisconsin. For the latest interactive radar image click below.
As of this writing(Tuesday evening), heavy snow was located over south central Wisconsin back into northeast Iowa. This snow was associated with the comma head of the storm. Thundersnow was located within the comma head. This was producing very heavy snow!
Below is a radar image from the Quad Cities showing the narrow intense line of snow over northeast Iowa. This band will continue to move east-northeast. I’m not sure if thundersnow will occur in southeast Wisconsin, but it may be close with this intense storm system!
You can see where the heavy snow reports were located around 7pm on Tuesday. On the map below a ‘*’ symbol represents snow. 4 of these symbols in the shape of a diamond represents heavy snow. These were located in parts of Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. Moderate snow was being reported in Milwaukee.
The surface low was located over far southeast Illinois. This will continue to move northeast.
As the surface low moves northeast and strengthens overnight, winds will gust over 50mph. These intense winds may be at there highest speeds around 1am. Below is a RPM forecast of wind speeds in knots. Notice that winds over the lake will be around 40-45 knots, or over 50mph in spots. These gusty winds will push inland at times.
The strong winds will combine with moderate to heavy snow to produce one of the worst snowstorms in years here in southeast Wisconsin. The snow forecast on WISN 12 News is a pretty close match to the one shown below. This map was in the previous blog and is a forecast for round 2 of the storm. So if you had snow Monday and early Tuesday add that to these totals.
This means that some areas south of Milwaukee could be close to 20″ by the end of the storm.
Please continue to post your weather reports and snow totals to the comments section of the blog. Also, if you grab a picture or video with your cell phone or camera, please post it to the U-Local section of WISN.com Below is the link to U-Local
Stay safe tonight and continue to check back for updates!