A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for most of the viewing area through 6pm this evening (except for Vilas, Iron, and Ashland counties). Snow amounts will range from around an inch or so north of highway 70, to a couple inches along highway 8, to 3 or 4 inches in the central part of the area around highway 29, and up to 5 inches in a few spots south of Marathon county. It is not a BIG storm but there will be enough snow to cause a little trouble. The heaviest snow will fall during the morning hours and then taper off during the afternoon. Roads will be slippery this morning but should improve this afternoon as the snow lightens up and temperatures rise into the mid 30s.
The snow will taper to flurries this evening and then on Thursday we should experience decreasing clouds. With some sunshine during the afternoon on Thursday, high temps should once again climb into the mid 30s. The only slight drawback to the weather on Thursday will be a northwest wind about 10 to 15 mph. It will be one of those days that feels pretty nice on the south side of your house and the sun should melt a bit of the snow. Even warmer conditions are possible on Friday when we will start out with mostly sunny conditions and then have a few more clouds drift in during the afternoon. A southeast wind should help boost the high temperature up to around 40 on Friday afternoon.
Another storm system will move into Northcentral Wisconsin on Friday night and linger over the area on Saturday. This storm will bring a 60% chance of rain or freezing rain late Friday night. On Saturday the rain should mix with and change to snow with a couple inches accumulation possible. With clouds and a mixture of wintry precipitation the mercury will only reach the mid 30s on Saturday. A north wind developing for Sunday will keep temps a bit below normal. Even with partly or mostly sunny skies on Sunday the high temps will only reach the low 30s. Early next week a couple of weak fronts will move into the area from the west and bring a 30% chance of light snow showers Monday and a chance of light rain late Tuesday.
Have a good Wednesday! Meteorologist Justin Loew. 4:30am, 9-March-2011