Wet Snow & The Next Storm

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Thank you for stopping by the Weather Watch 12 blog!  A wet snow blanketed most of southeast Wisconsin early Wednesday prompting the question, “I thought it was suppose to rain?”

Certainly from Waukesha to Port Washington and areas south, rain and a mix, with an eventual change to snow was in the forecast.  With the center of low pressure shifting farther south, temperatures were 2-4 degrees colder in almost all locations, meaning snow/mix instead of rain.  Yesterday in the blog I cautioned that any shift south and more snow would be possible.  Being on the edge of the rain/snow line can make or break even the best forecast. 

For a live radar look just click below on the interactive radar.

Interactive Radar

If you have a snow total to share, please pass it along in the comments section of the blog, or on our Facebook page at WeatherWatch 12

Here are a look at snow totals through Noon Wednesday.

  • Oconomowoc  4.5″
  • Theresa  4.1″
  • West Bend  3.5″
  • Hartland  3.5″
  • Sheboygan  3.5″
  • New Berlin  3.1″
  • Juneau  3.0″
  • Sullivan  3.0″
  • West Allis  2.7″
  • Waukesha  2.5″
  • Milwaukee Mitchell Airport  2.3″
  • Racine  1.0″

The surface map below at 10:13am shows low pressure to the SOUTH of the Wisconsin over north-central Illinois.  Any location with two ‘**’ next to the little circle means they are reporting light snow.  Kenosha was reporting rain on the map below, represented by two dots ‘..’  Just click on the map to enlarge.

Surface Wednesday Morning Obs

For the rest of Wednesday, snow showers or even some sleet showers are possible as the low lifts northeast.  Winds will increase, and pull colder weather into the region.  By Wednesday afternoon little to no snow accumulation is expected.

The next system is already showing, and one that we have talked about here in the blog for several days.  This ‘clipper’ type system will drop in to start the weekend.  This will mean for the 9th consecutive weekend rain or snow will fall in Milwaukee.

Below is the 12Z GFS(Global Forecast System) computer model forecast for 6am Saturday.  Right now I would plan on some snow to start the weekend, possibly enough to accumulate again.

12Z GFS Forecast Saturday 

Once again the position of the low ‘L’ would be key.  Farther north=less snow, and farther south=more snow.

So now the big question…

Have a great day and watch WISN 12 News for the updates!

Jeremy Nelson



16 Responses

  1. jeremy,

    our snow total is 3″ in juneau. snow was pretty much done by 9:00 a.m very heavy , wet snow.

    • Steven and Sue,

      Thanks for the updates! That is some heavy snow to shovel!


  2. Just got in from snow blowing and here in Oostburg by the lake we got about 4 inches of wet heavy snow. Now at 11:00 it is just a very light snow.


    • Thanks, Sue.


  3. Measured 3.1 in New Berlin around 9 this morning. Already melted/compacted to under 2 in many spots though as of this writing.

    I’ve noticed some long range sources hinting for days now at potential 50+ temps for St. Patrick’s Day. Even the CPC has us above average in the 6-10 day range. What are your thoughts on that?

    • Daniel,

      Thanks for the snow total. Before the precious 2 ‘signature’ storms there has been only a slight warm-up. Most noticable with overnight lows being above average. The October version did have above average temps for several days before the storm arrived.

      A lot will depend on how much snow is on the ground later next week. I think there will be some warm-up, but I think the but warm-up comes around April 6-11.


  4. Your neighbor to the north, me, in Oshkosh, WI received 2.9″ overnight and then 3.1″ more during the morning hours. Total snowfall from system 6.0″. I voted no, and that would put me in the minority. 🙂

    • Josh,

      Thanks for the update. Looks like another round of snow possible Saturday. I would love for this weather to leave…but am not surprised and know the pattern isn’t changing for a bit.


  5. Weather update: 4:45pm

    It’s been a mostly foggy day with visibilities down to approx 1/4 mile at times. Think it might be around ½ mile at present. Occasional light wind from the north. Had a bit of additional liquid accumulation in the rain gauge after my 7am report. Storm total = 0.60 inches. All in all, just a damp & dreary day.

    Tony (Pl. Prairie)

    • Thanks, Tony.


  6. Hi, Jeremy —

    Sorry to be so late with my report — but being Ash Wednesday has meant a busier day than usual in my profession. In-between activities, I cleared away 2.5″ of heavy wet snow here in Reeseville — Dodge County. It started sometime Tuesday night — wasn’t doing anything when I got home at 8:30 p.m. but was when Mark was on th air for the 10 p.m. show. Continued until mid-morning. We’ve had a few — very few flurries that have melted on contact since the snow stopped. Also, a “mist” at times too. Lots of dripping out of the downspouts and the sump pumps are running too.

    I would also like to report a few signs of spring — the hyacinths are poking through the ground — just starting. Also, lots of geese flying from south to north — probably to Horicon March area. And the sandhill cranes are back too. Haven’t seen any robins yet.

    Do you think the next system will have any impact for Sunday?

    Will stay in touch!


    • Don,

      This Sunday looks o.k., Saturday may have some mix or snow around. Possibly enough to accumulate.

      Have a great day and thanks for the snow total.


  7. It usually takes me a while to get sick of winter, but after trudging through today’s slushy mess, I’m done with winter.

    • I don’t think you are alone, Robert. Next couple of days will be pretty good and next week looks warmer.


  8. I’d like another option. Skipping Spring altogether and going straight to Summer.

    • Patrick,

      I could use some 70 degree days right now!


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