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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.
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.
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.
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