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Snowy Monday then Frigid!

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WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY most of the News 9 area later Sunday night through 6 p.m. Monday. WINTER STORM WARNING in effect from Midnight to 6 p.m. Monday for Ashland County and from Midnight to 9 p.m. Monday for Iron County.

We have had a nice long stretch of quiet and mild weather.  That will be abruptly changing over the next 36 hours as a strong cold front and low pressure system slide across Wisconsin.  This will produce scattered freezing drizzle and light snow very late Sunday night.  It will be more widespread in the north and northwest part of the region.  Be alert for slippery areas by the early morning commute. Lows will stay mild in the upper 20s with winds becoming east-northeast around 5 mph. 

Any mixed precipitation Monday morning will change to all snow and continue much of the day.  Accumulations should range from around an inch in the far south part of the area to about 1 to 3 inches in the Marathon County area, to as much as 4 to 6 inches across much of the northern part of the News 9 area.  There could be some localized 6 to 10 inch totals in the lake effect belts of Ashland and Iron Counties.  Of course roads will be snow covered and slippery.  Plan on allowing plenty of extra time to get to your destination safely.  Temperatures will be in the upper 20s in the morning, then fall a bit in the afternoon.  Winds will be from the northeast then becoming NW around 15 mph later in the day.

Bitter cold air will pour in Monday night and Tuesday as any flurries end.   Some lake effect snow showers could impact the far north Tuesday yet, especially early in the day.  Otherwise it should be partly sunny with lows around 2 and highs around 7.

Wednesday looks mostly sunny with high pressure overhead.  It will be frigid though with lows around the -10s and highs just slightly above zero.  After a very cold Wednesday night with lows around -9, it should warm up Thursday with highs around 19.  A weak weather system coming through will bring a 30% chance of light snow. 

Friday should be partly sunny with lows around 14 and highs around 29, not too bad.  Another weak front will push through Saturday bringing a chance of light snow.  Highs will reach around 27.  There could be some flurries early Sunday.  Otherwise it looks variably cloudy and breezy.  Also, colder air will come in with highs back to the upper 10s.

Stay safe out there Monday!  Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2:40 p.m., 8-December 2019

Tony Schumacher

Lead Evening Meteorologist at WAOW-TV and Chief Meteorologist / Owner of Great Lakes Weather Service, LLC. A Wisconsin native with over 25 years experience in weather forecasting and broadcast.

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