LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Drew Williams
*MORE SNOW MELT & MILD TEMPERATURES THROUGH THE REST OF THE WEEKEND. THERE IS POTENTIAL FOR A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM LATE SUNDAY THROUGH MONDAY*
**WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM MONDAY UNTIL 12 AM TUESDAY FOR BARRON, CHIPPEWA, DUNN, PEPIN, PIERCE, RUSK AND ST. CROIX COUNTIES**
**WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM MONDAY UNTIL 12 AM TUESDAY FOR ASHLAND, BAYFIELD, BUFFALO, BURNETT, CLARK, EAU CLAIRE, JACKSON, POLK, PRICE, SAWYER, TAYLOR, TREMPEALEAU AND WASHBURN COUNTIES**
A nice start to the weekend, temperatures were above average today. Mostly cloudy skies but afternoon highs reached the mid and upper 30's for most of Western Wisconsin. This helped to melt more snow in the area but enjoyable temperatures to be outside for winter activities. For the rest of the night winds will be light, so there may be some patchy fog for some locations. Temperatures will be comfortable tonight, staying in the mid 20's.
Sunday will be a decent weather day as well. The sky will remain mostly cloudy but temperatures will rise to the mid and upper 30's once again. A warm front to our south begins to lift up into the area tomorrow while low pressure develops in the Southern Plains. This will be our next weather-maker and ultimately could be a rather significant storm for at least parts of the Upper Midwest. Other than some afternoon drizzle in the Coulee Region the day should be dry for most.
Even this close to the event, there is still some uncertainty with this next storm all revolving around the storm's track. One track would mean significant snowfall for the entire area (if the low remains more south) but if that system takes a more northern track it would be a bit too warm for all snow and then a mix of wintry precipitation would all be possible.
Right now we are favoring the likelihood of a wintry mix of precipitation arriving Sunday night. This could be a combination of snow/sleet/ice/rain but at this point it looks to be light and spotty. More widespread precipitation into the early morning hours Monday. Any mix would likely change to snow but again as mentioned above, how quick this happens will all depend on the track of the storm. At this point Monday looks to be quite messy no matter what but the system should be moving away by the night time hours. Highs will be near freezing before some colder air arrives. There is a possibility for some high snow accumulation amounts for parts of Western Wisconsin. Winds will be strong Monday from the northeast causing low visibility at times with blowing snow.
Once this system moves away, the weather will dry out and cool off some next Tuesday and Wednesday but no significant cold air is in the forecast. In fact, temperatures look to rise back into the mid and upper 30's on Thursday. Conditions look mild on Friday as a few spots have a chance of reaching the 40 degree mark once again. Clouds increase next Saturday with highs in the mid and upper 30's.
Have a great rest of the weekend and enjoy the mild weather!