Frigid temperatures set in ahead of winter storm

**A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for the following counties from 9 am to 6 pm Thursday: Kenosha County, Racine County, Washington County, Ozaukee County, Milwaukee County, Sheboygan County, Walworth County, Waukesha County, Jefferson County. The same advisory goes into effect for Fond Du Lac and Dodge counties at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

A WINTER WEATHER WATCH will be in effect after the notice, at 6:00 pm Thursday through Saturday.

Blizzard conditions are possible. Winds could gust up to 50 mph. Portions of east-central, south-central, and southeastern Wisconsin are expected to see snow Thursday morning through Friday night. Traveling can be difficult or impossible. Extensive blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Hazardous conditions could also affect the morning and evening commute to work, particularly Thursday night through Friday night. Gusts of wind could topple tree branches. Chills from cold winds down to 25 below zero could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.**

Frigid air settled in southeastern Wisconsin early Wednesday, with low temperatures near freezing inland and in the single digits closer to the lake. Southerly winds will bring afternoon temperatures into the upper 20s. Temperatures will approach the freezing mark late tonight as snow moves in from the west.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for areas west of Milwaukee, effective 6 pm tonight. Snow showers will move in from the west, bringing a few inches of accumulation in Dodge/Fond du Lac counties. The advisory goes into effect for the rest of southeastern Wisconsin beginning tomorrow morning at 9 am Snow showers will spread to more of the region during Thursday’s forecast. Winds from the NW will also pick up, gusting up to 40 mph.

Snow accumulations are trending downward in southeast Wisconsin with a widespread chance of 3 to 5 inches through Saturday morning. The big question is whether the enveloping snow showers will persist near the Lake Michigan shoreline on Friday. This would push the stacks to the high end. of the spectrum. If not, lower amounts seem much more possible.

In general, higher snowfall is likely in central/southwestern Wisconsin. Temperatures will drop throughout Thursday and into Friday.

Regardless of the amount of snow, strong winds will result in snow and near zero conditions Thursday through Friday. A Winter Storm Watch still remains posted for this period.

With wind chills well below zero and reduced visibility, travel will turn treacherous beginning Thursday night. Winds could gust up to 50-55 mph in some locations, especially in open rural areas.

The snow showers end Friday, but the winds will persist through Saturday. Snow is possible when gusts top 40 mph early Saturday. Temperatures will only manage to climb to single digits over the holiday weekend.

The sun shines again on Sunday as the winds slowly subside. The maximums will reach adolescents.

After a few bursts from Sunday night into Monday, the highs will return to the 20s next week.

WEDNESDAY: Increasing cloudiness; PM Chance of snow
High: 27 (Warming to about 32°F overnight)
Wind: S 5-10 mph

TONIGHT: Chance of Snow; Cloudy
Bass: 26 Lake 24 Interior
Wind: S 5-10 mph

THURSDAY: Snow Showers Likely; 3-5″ snow accumulation
High: 30 (Dropping to 15°F at 3pm)
Wind: Becoming NW 15-25 G: 40 mph

FRIDAY: Chance of snow; Very windy and cold; blowing snow
Height: 8
Wind: NW 25-30 mph G50 mph

SATURDAY: Partly sunny; cold and windy; blowing snow possible
High: 10

SUNDAY: Sunny and cold
Height: 13

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