Wednesday, December 7, 2016 Updated: 9:45 AM
A cloudy morning with a few areas of flurries and chilly temperatures. We are waking up to temps about ten to fifteen degrees cooler than this time yesterday, but they are very close to average for this time of year. Then, you factor in the wind chill and it feels even colder! Most of us are seeing "feels like" temperatures in the single digits today. Brrr! The scarves and hats will continue to come in handy through the rest of the week.
The storm system which brought blizzard conditions to North Dakota is moving out and is currently sitting to our north, but for us, impacts from this storm will be minimal. Overall, it will be a fairly quiet day across Western Wisconsin. It will certainly be a colder day, with highs remaining in the upper teens to low 20s under a mostly cloudy sky. This is about ten degrees below average...so Mother Nature is finally making up for the well above normal November weather bringing us an early taste of arctic chill early into the meteorological winter season. At times there may be some flurries but no accumulating snow is expected. The winds will continue from the west to blow at about 15-20 miles per hour making those temperatures in the teens feel more like the single digits for much of the day.
A trough will be sliding in from the north tonight and into Thursday. This system will keep the clouds around but also bring a better chance for more snow showers tomorrow, especially in our northern areas. A minor accumulation of powdery snow will be possible with highs Thursday in the mid 20s.
Once this trough slides to our south, another shot of colder air will follow, dropping temperatures a bit heading into Friday. There will be a high pressure system arriving from the west but it may still have a tough time bringing much clearing. A bit of sun will be possible, otherwise still rather cloudy but dry with highs only in the teens. Temperatures will then start to rise a bit going into the weekend but we will be turning our attention to a possible snow event.
Low pressure is expected to quickly slide east from the Central-Northern Plains, bringing more clouds and the chance for snow by later Saturday. The forecast models generally agree on this system developing and impacting the Upper Midwest, but disagree on timing, location and amount of moisture. Thus, confidence remains rather low at this time on possible impacts. Still, chances are increasing for some snow Saturday night and into part of Sunday. This has the potential to be a higher impact system, at least for some of our area. Temperatures will be rising through the 20s with the snow in the area, but looks to be followed by a much colder shot of air into next week that could drop highs down into the teens and possibly single digits.. a very wintry forecast over the next week!
-Meteorologist Monica Ott