Make sure to bundle up the next few days to avoid the cold as very chilly air is moving into the state. Temperatures are set to gradually fall throughout the day and hit subzero overnight.
**WINTER STORM WARNING continues north of Marathon county until Noon Today.
**WIND ADVISORY in central/southern Wisconsin until Noon Today.
Today: Blustery and cold. Morning lake-effect snow showers continuing far-north. Elsewhere partly cloudy with blowing and drifting snow.
High: 32 early, gradually falling to the teens in the afternoon.
Wind: Northwest to West 15-30 with gusts to 40+ through the morning, then diminishing to 8-18 during the afternoon.
Tonight: Partly cloudy and very cold.
Low: -2 (Wind Chills Near -10) Wind: West to SW 5-8
Tuesday: Cold. Becoming mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of light snow or flurries during the afternoon and evening.
Tuesday Night: Cold with partial clearing.
Wednesday: Becoming mostly sunny and still a bit chilly.
While it may have looked like winter this weekend, it is now time that it is going to feel like winter. On top of today's gusty winds, temperatures will slowly decrease. Our early morning high was 32 degrees at midnight, though by the afternoon will fall to the teens and single digits. Additionally, during the morning, lake effect snow will continue to fall far north bringing an inch or so more accumulation to areas which already received near a foot of snow in the past few days. Thankfully, the wind is set to die down this afternoon.
Tonight will be extremely cold across the state with widespread sub zero temperatures. While winds will diminish to 5-8 miles an hour, wind chills could still approach -10 to -15 degrees. Due to the extreme cold and recent snowfall, make sure to watch for slick spots as roads and sidewalks will turn increasingly icy. Fortunately, this seems to be the only subzero night this week.
Tuesday will be another very cold day with highs in the mid teens. There is a small weather system that could bring a dusting to the region. Right now, if the system does move through, it will mainly impact central and southern Wisconsin. It currently has around 40% confidence in formation. Wednesday will turn sunny, but still be fairly chilly in the low 20s.
Thursday and Friday we track our next possible weather system. Right now the timing is still up in the air as well as snowfall totals. Fortunately, temperatures will turn milder in the low to mid 30s. At this point there seems to be a decent chance of accumulating snow, especially in central Wisconsin. The weekend should be fairly dry and mild in the low to mid 30s as well so it will be great for any winter sports!
Stay Warm! Meteorologist Jackson Garlock
On this day in weather history:
1987 - Another in a series of storms brought high winds and heavy rain to the northwestern U.S., with heavy snow in some of the higher elevations. In northern California, Crescent City was drenched with 2.58 inches of rain, and winds gusted to 90 mph. Up to fourteen inches of snow blanketed the mountains of northern California, and snow and high winds created blizzard conditions around Lake Tahoe NV. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)