**WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY through 6 a.m. Wednesday in Ashland, Iron, Price, Vilas, Oneida, Lincoln, Langlade, Forest, and Florence counties.
It felt a bit like spring Tuesday with temperatures reaching the 40s in parts of our viewing area, but it is a fickle time of the year. A fast moving low pressure system sliding across Wisconsin Tuesday night will deliver precipitation. There could be a swatch of 2 to 4 inches of snow over about the northern third of the state. In our viewing area that would be mainly north of a line from from Prentice to White Lake. There might be some isolated 5 inch totals up around the Upper Michigan border.
Further south the precipitation will be lighter and scattered and could be mixed with some light rain and sleet. As such, the snow accumulations will probably be just a dusting to an inch or so from around Marathon County and south. In any case, be prepared to slow down on the roads which will likely be slippery and sloppy. The brunt of the precipitation will end late Tuesday night, but some flurries could linger into Wednesday morning, especially in the Northwoods. Lows will reach the upper 20s with highs in the lower to mid 30s Wednesday. There could be partial sunshine by Wednesday afternoon with northwest winds of 10-20 mph through the day.
A weak disturbance could drift through late Wednesday into Thursday morning causing some flurries. Otherwise, it should be partly cloudy to sunny Thursday with lows near 17 and highs near 29.
Friday looks partly cloudy and breezy with gusty south winds. Lows will be around 15 with highs around 36 degrees. The next front will push through Friday night and Saturday causing cloudy skies and a good chance of light snow. Small accumulations are generally expected at this time. Temperatures will top out in the lower to mid 30s Saturday.
Cooler air will move in Sunday but it should be partly sunny. Highs will stay in the upper 20s. There is a slight chance of snow showers Sunday night. Even cooler air will arrive Monday with lows that could reach the 0s and highs around 25. We are expecting plenty of sunshine.
Milder air is projected to gradually build in for the middle of next week. Highs could climb to the lower 30s by Tuesday and Wednesday and mid 30s after that. Other than a small chance of snow showers next Tuesday night it looks pretty dry.
Stay safe if traveling tonight! Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 2:45 p.m., 23-February 2021
*On this date in weather history:
1936 - A severe blizzard in the Sierra Nevada Range closed Donner Pass. It stranded 750 motorists and claimed seven lives. (David Ludlum)
1988 - Strong northwesterly winds ushered arctic air into the central U.S., and temperatures in Missouri were thirty degrees colder than the previous day. The strong winds produced squalls along the shore of Lake Superior, with up to 15 inches of snow reported over the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)