Wisconsin Weather Update for March 5, 2012.

By: HaleStorm , 1:37 PM GMT on March 05, 2012

Still cold today, but mild starting tomorrow.

So did you shovel your driveway after our ~5” snowstorm on Friday, or did you get lazy and decide to wait until it all melts on Tuesday? For me it was an excuse to get out my snowblower for just the second time this season and take the kids sledding perhaps for the last time this winter. But if you enjoy the snowy view, you should take a picture of it, as the snow goes away tomorrow. An upcoming storm system will bring strong southerly winds to the area starting this evening, and while the precip will likely stay in Canada this time around, we will just get the benefits of the warm front with warmer temperatures beginning tomorrow. Temps may approach 50 tomorrow, and may be in the 50s Wednesday (along with some rain showers), before cooling a bit back into the 40s for the rest of the week.
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=80118&source=0

Today’s Forecast Grade: B
Short-Term Forecast Confidence: Medium

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today’s Conditions: Clouds and sunshine.
Today’s High Temps: Just a little warmer than yesterday, high of 31. The mild air is almost here!
Today’s Winds: Light from the west, but becoming breezy later today.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 28-33.
Madison: Highs 31-34.
Milwaukee: Highs 31-33.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/mos/getall.pl?sta =KATW&sta=KMSN&sta=KMKE

Tonight: Stars with some clouds and wind. Temps not dropping much overnight as warm air starts to move in, with lows in the mid- 20s.

Tomorrow’s Conditions: Mostly sunny, windy and much warmer. Goodbye, snow.
Tomorrow’s Temps: Highs near 50!
Tomorrow’s Winds: Windy from the south. Warm air has to get here somehow!

Extended Outlook:
Conditions: Rain on Wednesday, maybe another rain shower on Sunday? Otherwise dry and remaining mild.
High Temperatures: 50-55 on Wednesday, then probably staying in the 40s through the weekend.
Extended Forecast Confidence: Medium

Weather in the News:

Fast Moving Storm Hits East-Central Wisconsin
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=grb&storyid=80068&source=0

Massive storm system claims at least 12
http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/29/us/severe-weather/i ndex.html

Grief, resilience after storms rip through states, killing 39
http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/04/us/severe-weather/i ndex.html

Early tornadoes not predictors for future twisters
http://www.cnn.com/2012/03/03/us/severe-weather-f orecast/index.html

Today Outside of Wisconsin:

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

Anna, Illinois:
Conditions: Sunshine!
High Temperatures: Upper 40s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USIL0033

League City, Texas:
Conditions: Clouds and sunshine.
High Temperatures: Upper 70s.
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: Sunshine and windy.
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: Partly cloudy and windy.
High Temperatures: Near 50.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNC0121

Las Vegas, Nevada:
Conditions: Partly cloudy. Windy tomorrow.
High Temperatures: Upper 70s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNV0040

Davenport, Florida:
Conditions: Sunshine!
High Temperatures: Lower 70s.
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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