We have had quite the mild Wednesday with mid-30-degree temperatures, light winds, and mostly cloudy skies. Moving into the end of the week we will be looking at our first snowstorm of 2021 that will likely bring widespread showers to the region.
Tonight: Partly or mostly cloudy with light fog possible.
Low: 25 Wind: SE~5
Thursday: Increasing clouds with snow developing in the afternoon.
High: 33 Wind: SE 5-15
Thursday night: Cloudy with snow continuing. 2 to 5 inches accumulation likely.
Our Wednesday has been delightful so far, with most if not all cities in North Central Wisconsin breaking the freezing point for high temperatures today. Many areas, including Wausau, have not seen an above 32-degree temperature at all this January, and a select few cities even hit the 40s! Moving into the evening, the mild temperatures will likely stick around, and the low will only drop into the mid-20s, well above average for this time in the year.
Big changes are on the way for Thursday-Friday as we have a snow system tracking into our area, which is currently making its way through the Dakotas/Minnesota. While not the largest snowstorm by any means, shovels, snowblowers, and snowplows will likely be getting their use in from the stretch of Thursday afternoon to Saturday afternoon. Current projections have 5-7 inches in the Northwoods/North Central Wisconsin, 3-5 inches for the metro in central Wisconsin, and 1-3 inches forecast for south-central Wisconsin. The main bulk of snow showers will be between the hours of noon Thursday - 11 PM, and an additional inch may fall Friday-Saturday. It should also be noted that the far southern regions may receive a wintry mix, as temperatures will be close to 32 degrees for the majority of the state, with warmer temperatures to the south.
After the end of the week snowstorm, the weekend is looking fairly typical for January weather. Both days will be mostly cloudy, with a small chance of residual light snow. Saturday will also be quite breezy; however, temperatures will be in the upper 20s. Sunday will be less breezy but will likely sit in the mid-20s. Starting our 3rd full week of January seems to be a tad sunnier; however, we will jump back to seasonal January temperatures.
Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday! Meteorologist Jackson Garlock 13-January 2021
On this day in weather history:
1988 - A fast moving cold front ushered arctic cold into the north central and northeastern U.S. Mason City IA reported a wind chill reading of 51 degrees below zero, and Greenville ME reported a wind chill of 63 degrees below zero. Winds along the cold front gusted to 63 mph at Rochester NY, and a thunderstorm along the cold front produced wind gusts to 62 mph at Buffalo NY, along with snow and sleet. (National Weather Summary)