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Biggest snowstorm of the season upon us

Posted at 5:31 PM, Jan 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-27 20:05:47-05


Snow will be moving in late this evening and once it starts falling we will see the snowfall intensify. Between 11 p.m. tonight and 7 a.m. Monday morning we could see nearly one inch of snow accumulating every hour. That would leave 5-8 inches of snow on the ground by the morning commute.

This snow will be the light and fluffy kind with temperatures near 10 degrees tonight, increasing to the mid-20s by morning and since it will be wind with gusts topping 30mph, blowing snow will be an issue tonight and all day on Monday.

Visibility will be the worst overnight and into the first half of the morning with near-blizzard conditions at times though all of the region will be under a Winter Storm Warning until 6 p.m.

Scattered snow showers are possible along with blowing snow for the rest of Monday as the colder air spills in from the north, dropping temperatures into the teens by the afternoon. Generally an additional 1-3 inches of snow is possible during the daytime hours.

By the time this system exits we should see storm totals from 7 to 13 inches but it will be hard to measure due to the wind.

Monday night will be cold with temperatures falling below zero and we barely hit one degrees on Tuesday. Wind chills will stay in the double digits below zero even with partly cloudy skies.

Tuesday night the coldest air we've seen in years arrives with temperatures falling to -20 degrees in Milwaukee overnight. Wednesday will only "warm up" to -11 degrees, which would break the daily record for January 30th. Wind chills will be dangerously cold: -35 to -55 degrees is what it will feel like during the day so check on your elderly neighbors and keep pets indoors.

Thursday will have a high of zero with some light snow late in the day and into Friday with temps climbing into the teens. 20s and maybe even a 30 degree temperature is possible by next weekend.


TONIGHT: Snow moves in, intense at times, blowing snow & reduced visibility.
Lows: 10.
Wind: SE 10-20 mph, Gusting to 30mph.
Snowfall: 5-8"

MONDAY: Snowy & windy with blowing snow.
High: 27.
Wind: SE-N 10-20 mph, Gusting to 30mph.
Snowfall: 1-3" (Storm Totals: 7-13"+)

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy with blowing snow, cold and windy.
High: 1.
Wind: W 15-20 mph.
Chills: -15 to -25.

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy, windy and dangerously cold.
High: -10. (record breaking cold, record coldest daily high: -3° in 1951)
Chills: -35 to -55.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy with light snow possible late, otherwise cold.
High: 0.