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Rain and snow before bitter cold

Updated: 2019-12-09 00:10:31-05

We may have more clouds today but it is unseasonably mild for early December with highs in the 40s. It does feel a bit colder with a strong wind but that will be decreasing this evening, allowing for some patchy fog to form as moisture starts to stream in late tonight. There is a chance for some drizzle and sprinkles overnight and into Monday morning but this stays all in the liquid form with lows in the upper 30s.

Scattered showers are likely on Monday with a brief lull in the action mid-morning with rain totals between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. A cold front sweeps through in the late afternoon, turning any raindrop over to a snowflake with the transition time close to the evening commute. Any precipitation that falls after 6pm will be snow but we will not be shoveling around here with generally less than an inch of snow expected, especially since many of the snowflakes will be melting on our wet and slightly warmer ground. Folks in the Northwoods will see 3-6" with higher amounts right along Lake Superior.

Chilly air rushes in from Canada behind Monday's storm system and temperatures will be in the upper teens to start Tuesday morning, it will be windy as well so wind chills will be in the single digits and they will stay there all day with a strong westerly wind. Highs will barely make it into the 20s but skies will be clearing early in the day making it look deceptively nice outside. Clear skies continue Tuesday night, allowing temperatures to fall the coldest of the season so far with an overnight low of 8 degrees, we'll double that for a high of 16 degrees on Wednesday, with subzero wind chills expected in the morning, hovering near zero during the sunny day.

A warm front arrives to save us from the bitter cold on Thursday and highs climb back to the low 30s but more clouds arrive and a few flurries may come with them. Friday is a bit warmer with upper 30s for highs under a mostly cloudy sky and the weekend will see a small storm system sweep through with a chance for a wintry mix.

HERE'S YOUR LATEST STORM TEAM WEATHER FORECAST FOR MILWAUKEE AND SOUTHEASTERN WISCONSIN BY JESSE RITKA

TONIGHT: Cloudy with patchy fog and sprinkles/drizzle developing late.
Low: 37.
Wind: SW 5-10 mph.

MONDAY: Cloudy with AM fog, rain/drizzle changing to snow in the PM.
High: 42.
Wind: Bec. NW 5-10 mph.

TUESDAY: Becoming mostly sunny, breezy and cold.
High: 21.
Wind: W 10-15 mph.
Chills: Single digits.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny, chilly.
High: 16.

THURSDAY: Warmer with more clouds & chance of PM flurries.
High: 31.