After quite a mild season so far, it looks like Old Man Winter is finally making a return. More >>
Today: Cloudy and breezy with snow. 2 to 5 inches total accumulation for most areas. High: 28 early AM, then falling into the upper teens by late PM Wind: NNW 15-25
Friday: A few flurries early, otherwise breezy and cold with decreasing clouds. High: 16. Wind: NW 10-15
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY is in effect for the entire area through this evening. 2 to 5 inches accumulation is likely with higher amounts (5 to 8 inches) possible in the lake effect areas of the far north.
Winter has returned to the area and it looks like it will stick around for a while. Our second significant snowfall of the new year is occurring today and it will cause some problems for traveling. It is not a huge snowstorm by any means, but it is enough snow to prompt a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for the entire area through this evening. The snow will not be terribly heavy at any one time but it will slowly accumulate throughout the day and eventually pile up in the 2 to 5 inch range. Lake effect areas of the far north, such as Vilas and Iron counties, will have 5 to 8 inches. In addition to the snow, it will be breezy today. This will cause some blowing and drifting of the snow in open areas and reduce visibility at times. Be careful driving! The snow will diminish tonight and then it looks like more tranquil weather as we head into the weekend. The only addition snow we will see from Friday through Sunday is perhaps a little dusting on Saturday.
As far as temperatures go, it will be feeling a lot more like winter. Temperature will fall through the 20s this morning down into the teens this afternoon. The northwest wind will create wind chills in the single digits. It will remain cold into Friday and Saturday. Even with a little sunshine developing by Friday afternoon, high will only be in the mid teens. On Saturday the mercury should reach the upper teens. A south wind developing on Sunday will boost temps back up to normal - in the low to mid 20s. The weather still looks pretty decent for the Packer playoff game Sunday evening. Temps during the game should remain fairly steady in the low 20s. The only concern will be a breeze out of the south at about 10 to 15 mph.
Going into next week it looks like another cold front and storm system will move through the area on Monday. This will bring a 40% chance of freezing rain or snow to our area and usher in another shot of colder air. High temps on Monday will reach the low 30s but then drop into the mid teens for Tuesday. The coldest weather of the winter season could then develop for Wednesday and Thursday of next week. Right now it looks like the mercury might struggle to reach 10 degrees.
Have a nice Thursday! Meteorologist Justin Loew. 4:20am, 12-January-2012