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Snow and cold for the first half of the week

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Today: Increasing clouds with snow developing around mid to late afternoon.

High: 33 Wind: SE 5-15

Tonight: Snow likely during the evening, then becoming partly cloudy. 3 to 5 inches possible south and east of Wausau. 1 to 3 inches elsewhere with lightest amounts north of Marathon county.
Low: 17
Wind: Becoming NW 10-15

Tuesday: Variable clouds, breezy, and cooler.

High: 23 Wind: West-Northwest 10-20

Some snow is in the forecast for today but most of the outlook this week is pretty good. A quiet period of weather will develop for a while.

Clouds will increase this morning and then snow will develop this afternoon. The highest chance of snow will be after 3 p.m. and continue through about midnight tonight. The heaviest snow will be south and east of Wausau where 3 to 5 inches is likely. 1 to 3 inches is possible elsewhere with the lightest amounts north of Marathon county. The snow might mix with some sleet at times around Steven Point or farther south. Because of the potential snow, a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued through this evening for Clark, Marathon, Shawano, Jackson, Menominee, Forest, Florence, Langlade, Wood, Portage, Waupaca, Juneau, Adams, and Wausahra counties. It is during the evening commute that you will have to be much more careful on the roadways. High temps should reach the low 30s for today and winds will develop out of the southeast at 5 to 15 mph.

After the snow ends this evening, the winds will turn to the northwest and usher in some colder air. High temps on Tuesday will only be in the low to mid 20s. On Wednesday the mercury will top out in the lower teens. In addition, low temps could drop a bit below zero on Wednesday and Thursday morning. It will be quite cold again Thursday afternoon with highs only in the teens. The weather will be frigid, but the sun will be out quite a bit through the middle of the week.

The cold will not last too long. On Friday the wind will turn to the southwest and really warm things up. Highs should reach the low to mid 30s on Friday and then top out in the upper 30s over the weekend. In addition to the nice temps, we should experience a fair amount of sunshine as well through the weekend.

Have a pleasant Monday! Meteorologist Justin Loew, 4:30 a.m. 17-February-2020

On this date in weather history: 1936 - The temperature at McIntosh SD plunged to 58 degrees below zero to establish a state record. (David Ludlum)

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