Another overcast day. Sigh. At least we are used to it by now, right? If we aren't already, we certainly will be with more cloud cover dominating the sky through the weekend and right into Christmas.
Other than flurries, it will be another dry day. Most of us woke up to temperatures in the 20s and that is where they will stay (with a couple of 30s sprinkled in) through the remainder of Friday. Expect the cloud cover to stick around along with a fairly light wind from the south.
In part due to that southerly wind, expect temperatures to continue rising into the weekend and through the start of the Christmas holiday week. Highs should reach into the 30s Saturday with temperatures above freezing Sunday into Monday. But, starting tomorrow night our pattern becomes a lot more unsettled. As for tomorrow, it will be a great day (in addition to today) to get outside and get everything checked off your list! Whether that is getting gifts, groceries or just spending time with family...there will be no issues in the coming 24 hours. After that, though, there may be some headaches for travelers.
We are not talking about a major winter storm in Western Wisconsin. We are talking about several days in a row with an inch to a couple of inches of snow. This means slower travel, especially given the volume of people that will be taking to the roads and sky. It also means that by Christmas, we could have a couple of inches of accumulation. In order for us to officially have a White Christmas, we need at least an inch of snow. Right now, you'll have to go way up north in WI or head over towards Duluth if you want to see a couple of inches of snow on the ground. But, with the current model runs, it is looking very likely that all those choruses of "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" are paying off!
Saturday night is when the change in the pattern begins. It is looking like we could see freezing drizzle, snow or both overnight and into early Sunday. A period of light snow (maybe an inch?) looks possible to end the weekend before a burst of milder air may help switch over some of the snow to rain for a time Sunday night and into Monday.
The forecast gets even trickier to predict moving into early next week. Low pressure arrives Monday beginning to move over us bringing some slightly milder air (temps in the middle 30s) with it. Monday looks a little sloppy for motorists with rain and a wintry mix. The rain may help wash away anything that accumulated Sunday and even with a switch to snow later in the day/night it is looking unlikely that we will pick up much in terms of accumulation Monday.
But, that may change. The wintry mix will switch back to snow Monday night staying as snow from there. Tuesday and Wednesday are our best shots at picking up enough snow to qualify for a White Christmas. Once again, we are expecting an inch or two with a few areas seeing a little more each day. This is not a heavy snow maker, but it will be enough that roads will be sloppy at times and travel will be slower. Plan ahead that your drive may take longer and keep a very close eye on the forecast and road conditions. Tuesday and Wednesday also look to be a bit more breezy which could also lead to some concerns about blowing and drifting snow.
We will be watching the pattern evolve and report back any changes to this thinking right here on WEAU.com! Stay tuned!
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