Wisconsin Weather Update for February 8, 2010.

By: HaleStorm , 2:18 PM GMT on February 08, 2010

Good Monday morning!

Weather Recap
Yesterday was a mostly cloudy day with scattered light snow showers and high temperatures near normal in the mid- to upper 20s.
http://www.weather.gov/climate/index.php

Forecast Synopsis
In continuing with the 2009-2010 theme of naming significant winter storms after Roman gods, I needed one that starts with the letter C, so let's go with the timely Greek god of love, Cupid! Winter Storm Cupid is set to bring his love to Wisconsin tonight and tomorrow, and could get intense at times state as the amount of moisture associated with this storm has increased since looking at weather model data with last Thursday's weather update.

A strong upper-level low pressure system in northwestern Minnesota is working with a surface shortwave currently in the eastern Dakotas and will work to develop snow across much of our area over the next 48 hours. What does this mean? We'll see some light snow developing from the west today, but the snow will get heavier tonight and tomorrow. Expect a couple inches of snow tonight then another few inches during the day tomorrow before the storm gradually leaves Wisconsin tomorrow night. The heaviest snowfall totals are looking to be south and east, with far southeastern Wisconsin seeing up to a foot of snow by tomorrow night. If you're looking for any sympathy, don't look to the east-central U.S. coast. Areas around Baltimore and Washington D.C. got 2-3 feet of snow as part of the so-called "Snowmageddon" last Friday and Saturday!
http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/sfc/ussatsfc.gif
http://www.unrv.com/culture/adopted-roman-gods.php
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/weather/02/06/winter.storm/index.html#cnnSTCText


Important Weather Statement: (Source: National Weather Service)
Fox Cities:
... Winter Weather Advisory in effect from midnight tonight to midnight CST Tuesday night...
* Scattered light snow or flurries are expected today... but the
steady snow will not arrive until later tonight. It will
continue through Tuesday evening.

* 3 to 7 inches are likely before the snow diminishes.

* Snow and blowing snow will make for slippery roads and poor visibilities.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow means that
visibilities will be limited due to a combination of falling and
blowing snow. Use caution when traveling... especially in open
areas. The latest Wisconsin Road conditions can be obtained by
calling 511.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=GRB

South-Central Wisconsin:
... Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 am CST Wednesday...
The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan has issued a
Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow... which is in
effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 am CST Wednesday. The Winter
Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

* Timing... snow will begin to overspread south central Wisconsin
this afternoon and move east across all of south central
Wisconsin by early evening. A long duration snow is then
expected through Tuesday evening.

* Snow accumulations could range from 5 to 9 inches by late
Tuesday night. The heaviest snow should fall late Monday night
and during the day on Tuesday.

* Brisk east winds will develop Tuesday morning and shift to the
north by afternoon with wind gusts to 25 mph or more. Blowing
and drifting snow will increase throughout the day on Tuesday
and last all of Tuesday night.

* Impacts... cool temperatures will allow a dry powdery snow to
accumulate easily on roadways and make for hazardous travel
especially Tuesday afternoon and night when blowing and
drifting may become widespread.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Weather Advisory for snow and blowing snow means that
visibilities will be limited due to a combination of falling and
blowing snow. Use caution when traveling... especially in open
areas. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited
visibilities... and use caution while driving.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX

Southeastern Wisconsin:
... Winter Storm Warning in effect from midnight tonight to 6 am CST Wednesday...
The National Weather Service in Milwaukee/Sullivan has issued a
Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow with blowing and drifting...
which is in effect from midnight tonight to 6 am CST Wednesday.
The Winter Storm Watch is no longer in effect.

* Timing... steady snow will begin to move into southeast Wisconsin
this evening and overspread all of southeast Wisconsin by
midnight. A long duration snow is then expected through Tuesday
night.

* Snow accumulations could range from 7 to 14 inches by late
Tuesday night. The heaviest snow should fall over the lake
counties due to lake enhancement.

* Winds... brisk east winds will develop Tuesday morning and
shift to the northeast by afternoon with wind gusts to 30 mph
or more. Blowing and drifting snow will increase throughout
the day on Tuesday and last all of Tuesday night.

* Impacts... heavy snow accumulations and a relatively dry
powdery snow will make for hazardous travel especially Tuesday
afternoon and night when blowing and drifting snow may become
widespread.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather
conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow
are forecast... along with blowing and drifting that will make travel
dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel... keep
an extra flashlight... food... and water in your vehicle in case of
an emergency.
http://www.wunderground.com/DisplayDisc.asp?DiscussionCode=MKX


Today’s Forecast Grade: C

Wisconsin Forecast:
Today: Cloudy with scattered snow showers. Between a dusting and an inch of snow by the time the sun sets. High of 28. Chance of measurable snow today 50%.

Raw Model Data: (combined numerical output range from three different NOAA weather models)
Appleton: Highs 30-31. Chance of precip 45-63%.
Madison: Highs 28-29. Chance of precip 42-55%.
Waukesha: Highs 29-32. Chance of precip 25-44%.
http://www.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/mos/getall.pl?sta=KATW&sta=KMSN&sta=KUES

Tonight: Cloudy and breezy with snow developing. I'm thinking 1-2" of snow in east-central Wisconsin, 2-3" in south-central Wisconsin, and 3-4" in southeastern Wisconsin. Lows near 20. Chance of measurable snow 90%.

Tomorrow: Cloudy and windy with more snow. I would expect another 3-4" of snow during the day in east-central and south-central WI and 5-6" in southeastern WI, then another inch or two tomorrow night. Highs mid- 20s. Total expected snowfall accumulations from the National Weather Service are for 5-8" in east-central WI, 7-9" in south-central WI, and 11-13" in southeastern WI. Chance of measurable snow near 100%.

Extended:
Wednesday: Cloudy and windy, probably some blowing snow. Just a little colder with highs 20-25.
Thursday: Partly cloudy, highs 20-25.
Friday: Clouds, highs 23-28.

This Weekend:
Saturday: Partly cloudy, highs 21-28.
Sunday: Partly cloudy and warmer, highs 27-34.


Other City Forecasts:
(Today and Tomorrow)

Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota:
Winter Storm Warning in effect until noon CST Tuesday...
Conditions: Snow today and tomorrow. 3-5" today, 2-3" more tonight, then another inch tomorrow.
High Temperatures: Low to mid- 20s.
A wide and persistent area of light snow is falling across most of Minnesota...western Wisconsin...the eastern Dakotas and Iowa this morning. Snowfall accumulations are 3 to 5 inches across western Minnesota and 1 to 3 inches over eastern Minnesota...with a trace to around an inch over western Wisconsin...and parts of south central Minnesota. Steady snow is expected to continue across the region this morning... with snow tapering and winds increasing over the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota through the morning hours. The snow is expected to increase coverage and intensity this morning over eastern Minnesota and bordering western Wisconsin counties.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/MN/Minneapolis.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USMN0503

Anna, Illinois:
Winter Weather Advisory in effect from noon today to 9 am CST Tuesday...
Conditions: An inch of snow today, 2-3" of snow tonight, flurries tomorrow.
High Temperatures: Upper 20s to lower 30s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/IL/Anna.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USIL0033

League City and Pearland, Texas:
Conditions: Scattered showers and storms today and tonight, windy and cooler tomorrow.
High Temperatures: Mid- 60s today, upper 40s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/League_City.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX0745
http://www.wunderground.com/US/TX/Pearland.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USTX1029

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina:
Conditions: Partly cloudy today, scattered showers tomorrow.
High Temperatures: Mid- 50s today, lower 60s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/SC/Hilton_Head_Island.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USSC0155

Charlotte, North Carolina:
Conditions: Sun and clouds today, rain tomorrow.
High Temperatures: Upper 40s today, lower 40s tomorrow.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NC/Charlotte.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNC0121

Las Vegas, Nevada:
Conditions: Partly sunny today, scattered showers tomorrow.
High Temperatures: Mid- 50s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/NV/Henderson.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USNV0040

Davenport, Florida:
Conditions: Sunshine today, scattered storms tomorrow.
High Temperatures: Upper 60s to lower 70s.
http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Davenport.html
http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/businesstraveler/local/USFL0104


Weather in the News:

Snowbound Mid-Atlantic get set for new round
* Federal workers, some students get snow day in nation's capital
* A record 32.4 inches of snow fell on Dulles International Airport over two days
* Five more inches of snow expected in Washington-Baltimore area
http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/weather/02/08/winter.weather/index.html#cnnSTCText

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