While a historic winter storm buries parts of Minnesota and northern Wisconsin in almost a meter of snow, weather forecasts predict an ugly generation of snow and icy rain all Sunday.
According to the National Weather Service, the rest of southern Wisconsin has a winter weather recommendation for a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain.
The total snowfall until Sunday night is about 5 inches in the north to about 1 inch towards Kenosha. There is also a potential for a quarter of an inch or less of ice and glazing. Strong, stormy winds, along with the glaze, can cause tree branches and power outages to fall on trees.
How bad is it in the North? This bad one.
In addition, the strong winds will continue to rip and hit high waves on the shores of Lake Michigan. These high waves can lead to local flooding or erosion from Sheboygan to Kenosha. A Lakeshore Flood Advisory is in effect until 1
It is expected that the heavy rain periods will continue. As a result, some rivers will rise.
Winter Storm Fast Facts:
Dangers: Snow, sleet, freezing rain, and strong gusty winds
[19459005Interestedareas: All of southern Wisconsin. Most of the snow is probably north of
Madison and Milwaukee. The freezing potential will be highest in the south.
Time & Duration: The long rainfall period ends on Sunday evening. Expect a
general trend of mixing tonight to snow overnight / early in the morning
Mixture Sunday morning to snow on Sunday evening
Impact: Power outages and tree damage are possible due to ice and very windy conditions , Traveling will be dangerous. As colder air winds around until Sunday evening, any mixed precipitation
will turn to snow. Accumulations of 4 to 9 inches are possible, especially towards central Wisconsin. Due to persistent, strong northeast winds, high waves and flooding on the lake shore are possible.
Safety and Considerations: The amount of snow depends heavily on when
the rainfall changes from a mixture of snow, sleet and snow to freezing rainfall, only to snow. This is a forecast with very low confidence.
Rain and snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain and sleet before 10 o'clock, then rain, possibly between 10 and 11 o'clock mixed with snow, afterwards Rain 11 o'clock. The sleet could sometimes be heavy. High near 35. Airy, with a northeast wind of 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 miles per hour. Rainfall is 100%. New ice accumulation of less than 0.1 inches possible. New Snow and Snow Rain Gathering Less Than One Inch Possible
Rain likely, possibly mixed with snow before 11pm, then likely freezing rain, possibly mixed with snow. Cloudy, with a low of around 27. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Precipitation probability is 60%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow accumulation of less than half an inch possible.
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