Get those raincoats and umbrellas out, you will need them late Wednesday night into Thursday morning!
A potent low pressure system in Kansas Wednesday evening will draw large amounts of moisture north from the Gulf of Mexico toward Wisconsin. This will bring a drenching rain to our region after midnight Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Right now it appears the rain amounts will be up around .75 to 1.0”. Given the frozen ground, this could create plentiful runoff causing some lowland flooding and some quick small stream rises. Remain alert if you are in a flood prone location or will be traveling.
As the storm center shifts east of us late Thursday morning we will have gusty north to northwest winds kick in around 15 to 25mph. Much colder air will move in such that the rain could mix with or change to snow at least in the northwest half of Wisconsin. It is possible that there will be at least an inch of snow accumulation from around Bloomer to Phillips to Eagle River and northward through the afternoon. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been posted for Iron County Thursday from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. To account for the expected snow covered and slippery roads. Far northern Iron County could receive up to 5 inches of snow. Otherwise temperatures will be in the upper 30s Thursday morning then fall to near 30 by later afternoon. Any leftover puddles and moisture on the roads and parking lots later Wednesday could ice over so keep that in mind for walking and driving.
Finally some sunshine should return Friday as high pressure builds in, but it will be chilly. Lows will be in the low 20s with highs in the lower 30s.
The weekend looks pretty nice with partly sunny skies along with seasonal conditions. Lows will be in the upper 10s Saturday morning and lower to mid 20s Sunday morning. High temperatures are expected to climb to the upper 30s Saturday and around 40 Sunday.
Monday should be pleasant as well with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures should top out near 41 degrees, which is a few degrees above normal.
We are carefully monitoring the situation for next Tuesday and Wednesday. Various models suggest a potent storm system could move through the middle of the nation producing rain, snow, and lots of wind. The exact track, timing, and precipitation types and amounts are still highly in question. It does have potential to create travel difficulties so be sure monitor News 9 over the next several days. We will help you as you make your travel plans. Otherwise high temperatures look around normal for the few days leading up to Thanksgiving, hitting the upper 30s.
Have a great evening! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 3:20 p.m., 20-November 2019