Storm Team 4

Snow finally arrives in Milwaukee after wet, rainy day

CREATED Dec. 20, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec. 20, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - People in the city of Milwaukee were hearing about nearly a foot of snow north of the area and wondering "where's the snow?  It's not here."

It's here.  As proven by the huge flakes that flew into Michael Fish's face during his 4:00 a.m. report.  (See to the left.)

But it took a while.

"We're waiting for that cold to push on in," said Storm Team 4's Michael Fish as he stepped on the soggy west lawn of the WTMJ studios on East Capitol Drive in Milwaukee during an 11:00 a.m. edition of "Live at Noon."

"We are getting soaked," "The rain is going right through my jacket."

As of 11:00 a.m., the roads of Milwaukee were soaked, too.

"It is completely water.  That's it.  There's nothing freezing on the pavement right now."

Fish predicted that would change.  As a matter of fact, at 2:00 p.m., winds started to shift and come from the north - a sign of colder weather to come.

"It's going to be that transition.  When that happens, as we get closer to rush hour, that's when we'll start seeing changes, when travel problems are going to be," said Fish.

Forecasters predicted heavy snow to fall during the afternoon commute in Milwaukee.  That snow finally fell during the 3:00 p.m. hour in Milwaukee.

At that point, 96 Milwaukee DPW snowplows with blades came out to start plowing in Milwaukee.  The city asks you to give them ample room to work, so give them an extra 50 to 75 feet of following space.

At 5:00 p.m., about an inch of snow had fallen at the WTMJ studios.