Storm Team 4cast for 2/20/13

Winter storm headed our way, Winter Weather Advisory issued

CREATED Feb 20, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The air remains chilly today with high temperatures in the twenties across the state and in the middle twenties for Milwaukee. The cold air will set up a round of snow for southeast Wisconsin that moves in tonight and Friday. Much of the Milwaukee area will see between two and five inches of snow by late in the day tomorrow. 

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Severe weather is a large part of the weather in February across the United States from the biggest snowstorms to the largest tornadoes. While this state has seen some of the biggest snow storms on record, there has never been a tornado touchdown in Wisconsin.

The rest of the country has experienced a few major tornado outbreaks like the tornadoes that struck on February 28th and 29th last year, called the Leap Day tornadoes. An EF2 tornado hit the small town of Harveyville, Kansas killing one person and destroying the town’s only church. Tornadoes were widespread across Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Nebraska.

On February 5th and 6th in 2008 a series of large tornadoes over those two days caused fifty-two deaths and 150 injuries across five southern states. Back in 1971 four tornadoes touched down in Louisiana and Mississippi on the 21st injuring more than one thousand and six hundred folks. The long list goes all the way back to the late 1880’s.

THURSDAY: Increasing clouds and a bit warmer

High: 26
Wind: NE 10-15 mph
Wind chills in teens

THU NIGHT: Snow developing,especially after midnight, breezy, and warmer
Accumulations 2"-4" by morning
Low: 22
Wind: E 10-20 mph

FRIDAY: Cloudy, foggy and mild with light snow showers
Accumulation: 1-2" by 5pm
High: 34
Wind: SE 10-15 mph