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A huge thank you to everyone who has posted snow totals and storm reports during this blizzard that many will be talking about for years to come!
Around 11pm Tuesday evening, thundersnow was reported in much of the metro area. I stepped outside right after our hour long 10pm newscast to see a flash of lightning and a loud rumble of thunder. Awesome! Thundersnow does not occur often in our area, but when it does snowfall rates can reach 3″+ per hour!
Shortly after midnight a band of very heavy snow, with embedded thundersnow was pushing through. Below is a look at the radar from 12:22 am.
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The heavy snow was being combined with winds of 40-53mph across southeastern Wisconsin. This was creating very nasty blizzard conditions.
The main surface low associated with this storm system ended up taking a very favorable track for heavy snow in our area. Below was the actual low position at midnight…over Indiana.
The black lines are isobars, the closer they are packed together, the higher the wind speeds. That certainly has been the case with winds over 50mph reported Tuesday evening.
The steady snow will wrap up by 6am in most areas, but lake-effect snow showers will continue in areas favored by a north to northeast wind. Below is the RPM forecast at 9am Wednesday. By this time most of the accumulating snow will end for inland areas.
The blizzard warnings continue until Noon, but most areas will see the snow end before noon. Winds will stay in the 15-25mph range.
I know measuring snow during or after a blizzard is very tough, but if you have a snowfall total or estimate please post it to the comments section of the blog or on Facebook at WeatherWatch 12!
When almost all schools off on Wednesday, send any pictures or videos our way. You can post them to the U-Local section of WISN.com!
Stay safe and if you don’t have to travel early Wednesday, please stay at home!