Enjoy the dry and warmer than normal conditions now because we do have some significant changes on the way later this week. There will just be some occasional cloudiness in the region Tuesday night and Wednesday. Patchy fog is possible into Wednesday morning. Lows should be around 21 with highs in the mid to upper 30s Wednesday! That is about 10 to 14 degrees above normal. Winds will be from the southwest to west around 3 – 8 mph.
A low pressure system and cold front crossing the Plains Wednesday will push into Wisconsin Thursday morning. It will bring a high chance of a wintry mix of light precipitation to our region by late Thursday morning. It could consist of light freezing rain, sleet, and snow showers. That should quickly change to a steady snow Thursday afternoon and evening as the low pressure system strengthens right on top of Wisconsin. Our current thinking is that between 1 and 4 inches of snow could accumulate in the News 9 area through Thursday night, with the heavier end of the range probably west and north of Marathon County. Travel conditions will likely be slippery and slow with reduced visibility. It could turn breezy later in the day as well. Temperatures should still top out in the 30s Thursday, although they could start dropping in the afternoon.
That low pressure will still be over us Friday causing occasional snow showers with another inch or two of accumulation possible. It will be a bit cooler with temperatures hovering in the mid 20s much of the day.
Even cooler conditions will settle in for the weekend bringing us back to around normal for mid-January. There might be some leftover flurries Saturday, along with some lake effect snow showers in far northern sections. Lows could reach the 10s with highs around the low to mid 20s. Sunday should be variably cloudy with a few flurries possible. Lows could be near 11 with highs around 22 degrees.
Early next week looks partly sunny with lows in the upper 0s and highs in the low 20s Monday and mid 20s Tuesday.
Have a good evening! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2:45 p.m., 12-January 2021
*On this date in weather history:
1912 - The morning low of 47 degrees below zero at Washta IA established a state record. (The Weather Channel)
1988 - Parts of North Dakota finally got their first snow of the winter season, and it came with a fury as a blizzard raged across the north central U.S. Snowfall totals ranged up to 14 inches at Fargo ND, winds gusted to 65 mph at Windom MN, and wind chill readings in North Dakota reached 60 degrees below zero. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)