Dense Fog & Near Record Warmth!

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog!  The mild and moist air began to flow north Wednesday.  The sunshine was quickly replaced by low clouds late in the day.

Along with the clouds, dense fog is anticipated over the next 36 hours.  A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect from 6pm Wednesday to 6pm Thursday.

Dense Fog Advisory Tonight

The fog will move into the area from southwest of here, or advect into southeast Wisconsin.  This comes on the heels of what was for the most part a beautiful Wednesday with highs well into the 40s!

Below is a visible satellite image from around 1:30pm over southeast Wisconsin.  There was still some filtered sunshine over southeast Wisconsin, but the low/mid clouds were beginning to fill-in.

The low clouds and fog were widespread over parts of Missouri and Iowa.  This area of low clouds will move northeast, but with our snow melt and temperatures cooling tonight we will also see fog form right over our area.

Finally on the map, I labeled ice that shows up over far western Lake Superior.

Visible Satellite Wednesday

Despite the clouds and fog, temperatures will still climb on Thursday to near record levels.  The record high for February 17 in Milwaukee is 55 degrees set back in 1981

Highs in most areas should move into the low 50s.  Enjoy, because temperatures will fall back into the 30s by Friday!  Below is the forecast surface map from the HPC valid at 6am Friday.  The cold front is already pushed to the east of Wisconsin.

Surface Map Friday Morning

Please feel free to share your thoughts and questions in the comments section of the blog!  And watch WISN 12 News for the latest.

Have a great day!

Jeremy Nelson


7 Responses

  1. What are the chances that we are shoveling the amount of snow that we just melted away come Monday and sending right back into my winter depression. 🙂

    • Craig,

      We may see some snow, but not the amount we are melting this week. Sunday night into Monday looks like it could be a rain/mix to snow.


      • The models have been pushing the storm farther south…at least thats what it looks like to me. So if it goes just far enough south we could get a lot snow, or too far south means not too much snow but possible good lake effect snow. its a long ways out so you really cant make any good predictions. models always shift north and south every run

      • I’d lean towards snow myself as the ECMWF model is usually the most reliable, but I don’t think we’re looking at more than 6 inches. Models overdo QPF early on and already the ECMWF has cut it back to about .5 inches which would only yield 4 or 5 inches of snow with what should be low snow ratios this time around.

  2. Justin and Daniel,

    The Sunday/Monday storm is looking to be the repeat of the New Years Eve/Day storm. I think more wet than white.


  3. Hey Jeremy,
    WIAA State Boys Basketball Tournament is March 17-19. When is that ‘signature’ storm due through? Of course, you don’t need the LRC to predict a monster snow storm somewhere in southern Wisconsin that weekend! LOL!

    • Ted,

      ‘Signature’ storm is due the 4th week of March, likely the 23-25 timeframe. Should be fun! Send some warm 60s our way from KC!


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