Wisconsin Weather Update for February 17, 2012.

By: HaleStorm , 1:49 PM GMT on February 17, 2012

Forecast Recap: Light mix today, sunshine this weekend, bigger storm on Tuesday.
Today’s Forecast Grade: B-
Short-Term Forecast Confidence: Medium

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today’s Conditions: Becoming mostly cloudy with scattered light snow showers or flurries. The precip may change over to light rain later today, but colder upper-air temps will probably keep most of it as snow. Less than 1” of snow is expected.
Today’s High Temps: Slightly cooler than yesterday but still mild, near 39 east-central, just above 40 south.
Today’s Winds: Light from the southwest.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 38-39.
Madison: Highs 41-43.
Milwaukee: Highs 38-42.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/mos/getall.pl?sta =KATW&sta=KMSN&sta=KMKE

Tonight: Decreasing clouds, lows in the lower 20s.

Tomorrow’s Conditions: Sunshine!
Tomorrow’s Temps: A little cooler with highs in the lower 30s. Lows in the upper teens.
Tomorrow’s Winds: Just a little breezy from the northwest.

Sunday: More sunshine! Highs in the low to mid- 30s.

Next Week’s Outlook:
Conditions: More sunshine early on Monday, but we could be looking at a big storm on Tuesday. I wouldn’t quite put away the kids’ snowpants and boots just yet, but the possibility of disappointment lingers as some of this precip could fall as rain instead of snow, depending on where you live. Wait and see. The rest of next week looks mostly quiet.
High Temperatures: Remaining mild in the 35-40 degree range.
Extended Forecast Confidence: Medium

Weather in the News:

The reason our winter has been so mild!
The Arctic Oscillation, winter storms, and sea ice
http://nsidc.org/icelights/2012/02/02/the-arctic- oscillation-winter-storms-and-sea-ice/

Green Bay’s winter is the 4th warmest in recorded history thus far!
A Top 10 Warmest Winter So Far
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=78789&source=0

Today Outside of Wisconsin:

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota:
Conditions: Isolated snow showers.
High Temperatures: Mid- to upper 30s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.htm l
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USMN0503

Anna, Illinois:
Conditions: Early morning fog, then mostly sunny.
High Temperatures: Mid- 50s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USIL0033

League City, Texas:
Flood Watch in effect from noon CST today through Saturday morning...
Conditions: Showers and thunderstorms.
High Temperatures: Mid- 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.htm l
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USTX0745

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina:
Conditions: Becoming partly cloudy.
High Temperatures: Lower 60s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Isl and.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USSC0155

Charlotte, North Carolina:
Conditions: Becoming partly cloudy.
High Temperatures: Mid- 60s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNC0121

Las Vegas, Nevada:
Conditions: Partly cloudy.
High Temperatures: Mid- 60s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNV0040

Davenport, Florida:
Conditions: Scattered showers.
High Temperatures: Lower 80s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USFL0104

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

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