Big weather changes will certainly be witnessed all across Wisconsin Wednesday evening into Thursday morning thanks to a sharp arctic cold front moving through. It will produce snow showers with small accumulations generally in the 0.5 inch to 2.0 inch range around the News 9 area. However there cold be as much as 3 to 6 inches in northern Ashland and Iron Counties with lake effect snow. Please be prepared for slippery roads throughout the region. In addition brisk north winds of 10-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph will push through. As such there will be some blowing and drifting snow in open areas Wednesday night.
Temperatures will plummet down to the -0s in the western half of the area and around 0 further east. Wind chill factors could reach -15 to -25 degrees by early Thursday morning. As such several advisories have been posted from the National Weather Service. Winter Weather Advisory for Ashland and Iron Counties through noon Thursday and a Wind Chill Advisory for Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Taylor, Clark, Marathon, Wood, and Jackson Counties Thursday morning from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m. Please bundle up and be safe out there!
Thursday should bring partly sunny skies and very cold highs just in the 0s. There might be a few flurries early. Winds will be from the northwest at 8-15 mph. As the arctic high pressure settles overhead Thursday night, the winds will taper down and temperatures could plunge down to -12 to -20 degrees in the region! We should have lots of sunshine Friday with highs near 11.
Warmer air will push in Friday night into Saturday with brisk south winds. In addition a weak front coming through Saturday may produce some light snow. At this time it appears accumulations would be under an inch. High temperatures could reach the upper 20s.
Sunday looks mostly sunny and a touch cooler with highs around 23 degrees. The sunshine won't last long though as another low pressure system will spread moisture back in by late Sunday night. There is a decent chance of several inches of snow from late Sunday night through Monday night. It will be warmer Monday with highs in the low 30s. There could still be some lingering light snow in the southern part of the area especially Tuesday morning. Otherwise it looks mostly cloudy with highs back in the mid 20s.
Somewhat cooler air may settle in by next Wednesday with highs in the upper 10s. We should have a mix of sun and clouds.
Stay warm the next few days! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2:30 p.m., 12-February 2020
On this date in weather history:
1899 - Texas and the eastern plains experienced their coldest morning of modern record. The mercury dipped to 8 degrees below zero at Fort Worth TX, and to 22 degrees below zero at Kansas City MO. The temperature at Camp Clarke NE plunged to 47 degrees below zero to establish a record for the state. In the eastern U.S., Washington D.C. hit 15 degrees below zero, while Charleston SC received a record four inches of snow. (David Ludlum)
1958 - Snow blanketed northern Florida, with Tallahassee reporting a record 2.8 inches. A ship in the Gulf of Mexico, 25 miles south of Fort Morgan AL, reported zero visibility in heavy snow on the afternoon of the 12th. (12th-13th) (The Weather Channel)