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The warmer air felt good Monday, even though the gusty winds added a bit of a chill. We will get to enjoy the milder air again Tuesday but the pattern is fairly active. As such we have a couple of rounds of precipitation to go through.

The first will slide through Monday night with some occasional light snow, possibly a little freezing drizzle or sleet. Snow amounts could reach 0.5 to 1.0 inch in a few spots in the northern half of the viewing area. Please stay alert for some slippery stretches on the roads Monday night. Lows will be in the upper 20s with southwest winds becoming northwest at 10-20 mph.

Tuesday will bring variably cloudy skies and highs in the upper 30s, maybe 40 in a few spots. Winds will be from the west to northwest then becoming south around 10 mph. A compact low pressure system will sweep through Wisconsin Tuesday evening through early Wednesday morning. It is likely to produce mainly snow in northern Wisconsin and scattered light wintry mix in the central part of the state. Snow totals could possibly reach up to an inch or so around the Wausau area, but as much as 2 to 4 inches could occur north of Highway 8 generally. In fact, we can't rule out some isolated 5 or 6" totals right along the Upper Michigan border. So again, motorists will need to slow down and be extra careful out there.

There could be some leftover flurries early Wednesday morning in northern Wisconsin, otherwise the day should bring some breaks of sunshine and steady northwest winds. It won't be as warm with lows in the low to mid 20s and highs from the upper 20s north to mid 30s far south.

Thursday looks partly cloudy and chilly with lows around 15 and highs near 27 degrees. Friday should be partly sunny and turning breezy. Lows again will be in the 10s but highs should shoot back into the mid 30s with the gusty southwest winds pulling in warmer air. The next front will move through Friday night into Saturday morning causing a good chance of light snow. There could be some accumulation. Mostly cloudy skies should linger the rest of Saturday with lows in the 20s and highs in the low to mid 30s.

Another weak disturbance could roll through the area Sunday causing a few snow showers. Temperatures should top out around 30 degrees. Cooler air will be the rule next Monday with highs in the lower to mid 20s. At least there should be a nice amount of sunshine.

Have a good evening! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 3:42 p.m., 22-February 2021

*On this date in weather history:

1936 - Although heat and dust prevailed in the spring and summer, early 1936 brought record cold to parts of the U.S. Sioux Center IA reported 42 inches of snow on the ground, a state record. (20th-22nd) (The Weather Channel)

1986 - A twelve siege of heavy rain and snow, which produced widespread flooding and mudslides across northern and central California, finally came to an end. The storm caused more than 400 million dollars property damage. Bucks Lake, located in the Sierra Nevada Range, received 49.6 inches of rain during the twelve day period. (Storm Data)

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