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Winter weather advisory canceled, single-digit wind chills Friday

CREATED Jan 11, 2012 - UPDATED: Jan 13, 2012

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Friday, 4:56 a.m.
Almost all the snow from this system seems to have fallen, and the National Weather Service has canceled the winter weather advisory after a 4-5" snowfall in most of our area (6.1" at Mitchell International Airport).

What's next in our weather?  A burst of cold air and wind, with single-digit or below-zero wind chills.

"The wind is going to be a big story today," said Storm Team 4Caster Scott Steele.  "It's going to be very windy, much colder, wind chills in single-digits throughout the day.

In fact, as of 5:00 a.m., some of the outlying areas had wind chills below zero.

Additionally, there was a lot of blowing and drifting snow causing crashes on Friday morning.

The cold burst should probably last throughout Saturday, with just a little snow.

"A weak disturbance will skirt by our area on Saturday but should only lead to some additional light snow," said Steele.

"At last, temperatures will be below average with highs in the low 20s and overnight lows near 10 degrees."

Sunday's weather should be picturesque for both winter and Packers playoff game-watching.

"A rebound to average readings near 30 degrees arrives with more sunshine on Sunday as high pressure builds back in. Another wave approaches on Monday and may lead to a light mix of precipitation with warmer temperatures."

Friday's Storm Team 4Cast from Scott Steele:

Today: Cloudy and even colder with lingering light snow and flurries gradually ending
High: Near 21
Wind Chills: 5
Wind: NW 10-20 mph

Tonight: Decreasing clouds and very cold
Lows: Near 8
Wind Chills: -5
Wind: NW-W 5-10 mph

Saturday: Increasing clouds and cold with light snow developing
High: Near 20
Wind: WSW 5-10 mph

Saturday night: Becoming partly cloudy and cold
Lows: Near 13
Wind: W 5 mph

Sunday: Partly cloudy and seasonal
High: Near 30 

Thursday, 9:25 p.m.
The winter storm hit basically all of Wisconsin but Storm Team 4caster John Malan tells us snow totals in the northern part of the state are similar to those in the southeast corner. According to Malan, "Generally we're gonna snowfall totals between 3 and 5 (inches of snow), maybe a couple 6 inches in a couple of spots. 4-5 inches is the general snowfall total."

The airport reported four inches.  We had two-and-a-half inches here at the radio station.

8:40 p.m.
What did the snow totals look like in the first significant winter storm of the season?  Storm Team Forecaster John Malan is tracking the numbers and told Newsradio 620 WTMJ, "Anywhere between 2 1/2 and 4 inches of snow. The airport reported 4 inches, Watertown had 4 inches and here at the station (Radio City) 2 1/2 inches and 2 1/2 inches in Grafton."

Malan says the storm hit basically the entire state but throughout Wisconsin wherever you go, four to five inches is the general total from this storm.

5:50 p.m.

Storm Team forecaster John Malan projects 2-3 more inches until 11 p.m. throughout southeast Wisconsin. Temperatures have dropped to the low 20's and high teens in our listening area.  He does say to look out for snow gusts up to 30 mph winds during the late and overnight hours.

4:14 p.m.

TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter, photographer rear-ended in Burlington.

3:59 p.m.

Couple of accidents, traffic slowed in Waukesha County

3:41 p.m.

West Bend roads slick, causing spin outs in Washington County

3:15 p.m.

Storm Team forecaster Brian Gotter told Newsradio 620 WTMJ that the warmer temperatures the last few days has helped the snow melt.  He reports it will continue to snow throughout southeast Wisconsin until 11 p.m.  He projects anywhere from 3-6 inches of snow across most of the listening area.  He reports the snow will be coming to end on Friday morning, but look out for some heavier winds.  

2:34 p.m.
The Town of Lisbon Department of Public Works is reminding drivers all across southeast Wisconsin to turn their lights on even though it won't be dark for a few hours.

2:15 p.m.
The snow has picked up in downtown Milwaukee, as Storm Team forecaster Brian Gotter says that the heaviest of the storm will hit between now and 8:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m.
Storm Team forecaster Brian Gotter reports that anywhere from an inch to three inches has already fallen and that southeast Wisconsin could see an additional inch or two through the evening commute.

12:49 p.m.
We have lots of updates on the situation across Southeastern Wisconsin.

Lots of flights have been delayed at Mitchell International, including Police Chief Ed Flynn's flight to Hartford, CT!  Shelley Walcott of TODAY'S TMJ4 caught up with him.

You can find flight departure/arrival status links to the left in this story.

As you're driving, your probably finding snow melting on the streets.

Storm Team 4Caster Michael Fish warns that such conditions will change as it gets colder.

We're seeing heavy snowfall in Whitefish Bay while salt crews are continuing to lay down stuff to melt snow in Cedarburg.

11:50 a.m.
"The snow has finally arrived in Southeastern Wisconsin."

With that, Storm Team 4Caster Brian Gotter describes the conditions that have brought about a winter weather advisory for our area until 9:00 a.m. Friday.

"We're seeing some snow showers pretty much everywhere, even in Milwaukee. They're slight to moderate.  We're not seeing many heavy bands of snow."

However, the continual lighter bands coming through will produce enough snow to create up to six inches.

"It's going to be a prolonged event of light to moderate, and that's why we're still looking at 3"-6" of snow before it's all said and done, sometime after midnight," said Gotter.

He warns, however, that the biggest batch of snow will come just as many people are heading home for the day.

"We're going to have really reduced visibility," said Gotter. 

"The most snow accumulation should happen between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  The evening commute, already maybe 2" to 3" of snow on the ground, the winds are already starting to pick up as well, as we see some blowing and drifting."

Gotter described the initial snowfalls as "sticky, because temperatures are close to the freezing mark."

But he says the snow that comes with colder temperatures won't have as much moisture content in it, meaning that it's easier to blow and drift with wind gusts - leading to worse driving visibilities.

"As the colder air moves in, that snow is going to change to a fluffy, dry snow.  With the gusty winds, we're going to have to deal with some blowing and drifting snow."

11:17 a.m.
The first batch of closings and snow emergencies have come in.  Click on the links for info on them.

4:55 a.m.
"Winter weather has finally arrived," said Storm Team 4Caster Scott Steele in anticipation of the first major snowfall of the winter of 2012.

A winter weather advisory has been issued for all of Southeastern Wisconsin until 9:00 a.m. Friday morning.

The advisory is a downgrade from the previously-issued winter storm watch, and Steele said that the expected start of the snowfall should now come later Thursday morning.

"We're going to start seeing some flurries as we go through the early-to-mid-morning hours or so, probably some flurries well west of Milwaukee at about 9:00 or 10:00 a.m., and then the snow taking over as we head late morning into the early afternoon.  This afternoon is when we'll start to see the first accumulating snow." said Steele.

"I think most of the accumulation  holds off until the afternoon toward this evening, and at that point, we'll see most likely a widespread 2"-3" total toward later this evening."

Steele tells us the biggest worry for drivers should come during the late afternoon commute Thursday.

"My big concern for the evening is going to be wind and blowing snow.  This isn't going to be the lightest snow we've seen, but it doesn't have a ton of moisture.  The wind, which will be gusty to the northwest at about 30 miles per hour could blow that snow around, reduce that visibility to less than a quarter mile."

Then, Steele says, more snow should fall Thursday night.

"At this point, it looks like we could pick up an additional 2"-3" during the overnight hours tonight...totals of 4"-6" widespread across Southeastern Wisconsin by the time it's all said and done.  There will be a little more lingering light snow and flurry activity tomorrow, but I don't expect it to accumulate significantly."

Thursday's Storm Team 4Cast from Scott Steele:


Today: Mostly cloudy, very windy, and much colder
Snow developing with blowing snow
1"-3" likely
High:  Near 32
Wind:  NNW 10-20 mph gusting to 30 mph

Tonight: Very windy and colder with more snow and blowing snow
1"-3" additional possible
Lows:  Near 18
Wind:  NW 15-25 mph gusting to 30 mph

Friday: Lingering light snow and flurries ending otherwise, mostly cloudy and even colder
High:  Near 22
Wind:  NW 15-20 mph gusting to 30 mph

Friday night: Decreasing clouds and very cold
Lows:  Near 10
Wind:  NW 7-12 mph

Saturday: Partly cloudy and cold with patchy flurries
High:  Near 23