Snow will hit before and during the commute Friday morning

CREATED Feb 21, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - This winter season will be warmer than normal after the temperature data is compiled, even though this month is colder than normal at the moment. December was very mild at seven degrees above followed by January at two degrees above normal.

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This month is running two and a half degrees below normal, so you can see than on paper this will be another warmer winter season for Milwaukee.

If you think winters have been getting warmer overall in Wisconsin, you are right. While the United States as a whole has warmed by 1.3 degrees over the past one hundred years based upon data from the Historical Climatology Network of Weather Stations across the country, winters seem to warming at a greater rate than the rest of the year. That same data shows the coldest states in the lower forty-eight are warming the fastest in winter since 1970. The top five fastest warming states are North Dakota, South Dakota Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin. These five states have warmed in winter by at least four degrees since 1970. Nationwide in the past forty years winters have warmed more than four and a half times faster per decade than over the past one hundred years.

Winter nights have also warmed about thirty percent faster than all nights over the past forty years.

The Winter Weather Advisory is for the entire area from midnight until 6 p.m Friday. The wind will be gusting out of the east at 15-35 mph overnight and the snow will start to accumulate between midnight and 8am with 2-4" of snow on the ground by the morning commute.

Scattered light snow continues throughout the day on Friday with an additional inch of accumulation to maybe two inches by 6pm. As temperatures get closer to freezing, some freezing drizzle might mix in with the snow as well.

The snow tapers off to flurries overnight with lows in the 20s, and Saturday will be mostly cloudy with flurries and highs in the lower 30s.

Sunday has more sunshine, a littler wind and highs in the lower 30s.

WisDOT's latest update on weather and road conditions


FRIDAY: Early freezing drizzle then more light snow showers, foggy and mild
1"-2" of additional accumulation possible
High: 33
Wind: SE 10-15 mph

FRI NIGHT: Snow ending then mostly cloudy and seasonal
Low: 23
Wind: SW 5-10 mph

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy and breezy with flurries
High: 31
Wind: SW 10-15 mph

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy and pleasant
High: 33
Wind: SW/SE 5-10 mph