Wisconsin Weather Update for December 28, 2012.

By: HaleStorm , 2:01 PM GMT on December 28, 2012

Light snow all day today, then dry and colder for a while.
It has been about three weeks since my last Weather Update blog, so I missed out on blogging the blizzard last Thursday that dumped 10” of snow in our backyard and up to 20” of snow in Middleton, WI (although I did post a few weather-related notes on my Twitter and Facebook accounts.) I also missed out on some snarky Mayan end-of-the-world commentary in my blog, but ah well, life goes on (apparently now!)

As my headline indicates, a small disturbance is generating a blanket of mostly light snow across the southern half of Wisconsin, southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Illinois, and northern Indiana. Most of us will generally see around 2” of snow by tonight, but you can see what is expected in your backyard by looking at the second link below, which is a NWS up-to-date expected snowfall map for Wisconsin. After today, things look mostly dry and gradually colder as we begin 2013. Highs by next Thursday may struggle to even hit the mid- teens!
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=90903&source=0
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/mkx/2012/Dec%2028%2 02012%20SnowMap_WI.png

Today’s Forecast Grade: C
Short-Term Forecast Confidence: Medium to High

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today’s Conditions: Light snow. 1-3” of accumulation is generally expected by tonight, although parts of southeastern Wisconsin could see up to 4” (see the NWS expected snowfall map above).
Today’s High Temps: Near 28 east-central, near 30 south.
Today’s Winds: Light from the northeast.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 28-32.
Madison: Highs 30-31.
Milwaukee: Highs 34-35.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/mos/getall.pl?sta =KATW&sta=KMSN&sta=KMKE

This Evening: Light snow in the evening, then diminishing to flurries overnight. Lows just below 20.

Tomorrow’s Conditions: Cloudy. Maybe some decreasing clouds late.
Tomorrow’s Temps: Highs in the low to mid- 20s. Lows tomorrow night only around 5 above zero!
Tomorrow’s Winds: A little breezy from the northwest.

Sunday: Sunshine and clouds. Highs near 20.

Next Week’s Outlook:
Conditions: Looks like a mostly dry but cold week to begin 2013. Maybe some light snow or flurries on Wednesday.
High Temperatures: Staying cold. In the upper teens to lower 20s to start the week, but only in the 10-15 range Thursday and next Friday. Brrr.
Extended Forecast Confidence: Medium

Weather in the News:

2012 Wisconsin Yearly Weather Summary
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/mkx/climate/2012/2 012_WI_Yrly_Wx_Summary.pdf

Potential Warmest/Top 2 Year-To-Date for Milwaukee and Madison
http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php ?wfo=mkx&storyid=90795&source=0

Today Outside of Wisconsin:

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota:
Conditions: Light snow. 1” or so of accumulation.
High Temperatures: Mid- 20s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.htm l
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USMN0503

Anna, Illinois:
Conditions: A rain/snow mix later today, changing to snow before ending tonight.
High Temperatures: Mid- 30s.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USIL0033

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina:
Conditions: Partly cloudy today, showers tonight.
High Temperatures: Upper 50s.
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 sunny today. Rain tonight.
High Temperatures: Near 50.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNC0121

Las Vegas, Nevada:
Conditions: Sunshine!
High Temperatures: Near 50.
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstra veler/local/USNV0040

Davenport, Florida:
Conditions: Isolated thundershowers later today, becoming more numerous tonight.
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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