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Another wintry week shaping up

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Sunday will be a touch cooler thanks to a polar air mass grazing Wisconsin from the north. High temperatures will range from the upper 10s in the northern part of the News 9 area to the low to mid 20s in the south. At least we should have partly sunny skies with northwest winds of only 5-10 mph becoming variable for the afternoon. In other words it will be a tranquil and cool winter day, overall not too bad. Sunday night should bring thickening clouds with lows in the 5 to 10 degree range.

The stage is set for slow travel conditions by midday Monday as the next wave of low pressure moves through the region. Right now it appears widespread snow is likely by afternoon, with 3 to 6 inches possible through Monday evening. Roads will likely be snow and slush covered with reduced visibility in the heavier snow bands. If it warms up enough there might be a brief period of wintry mix in the far southern part of the area. Temperatures should top out in the upper 20s north to lower 30s south.

Another shot of cold arctic air will pour into the Upper Midwest by Tuesday with gusty northwest winds. There could be some breaks of sunshine developing Tuesday with temperatures holding in the upper to mid 10s. Wednesday will probably be the coldest day of the week with lows around -5 to -15 in the area and highs around 13 despite plenty of sunshine. Thursday still looks very chilly with lows near -8 and highs near 18.

Gusty southwest winds will return Friday, bringing a warm up. Clouds will increase with just a small chance of snow showers Friday night. Lows should be near 10 with highs in the low to mid 30s. Next weekend is shaping up mainly dry with seasonal highs near 31 on Saturday and possible warmer for Sunday the 23rd.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher

Weather history: The record temperatures for Wausau on February 16th include a low of -33 degrees from 1936 and a high of 51 degrees from 1981. The record daily snowfall for February 16th in Wausau is 5.1 inches from 2006. By the way the record snowfall for February 17th in Wausau is 6.0 inches from 2014.

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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