John Malan's Storm Team 4cast

Another storm is on its way, but may not be as bad as it looked

CREATED Feb 25, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb 25, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - Snow is on the way again for the Milwaukee area due to a southern storm system tracking in from the panhandle of Texas.

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The heaviest snow from this system will stay to the south of Wisconsin with Winter Storm Watches out for northeastern Illinois.

The snow should start in the Milwaukee area by late in the afternoon. I received an e-mail from a television viewer asking why the storm system that is coming from the south doesn’t have more snow for us as a “Panhandle Hook” generally has the biggest snowfalls.

Low pressure systems in winter come from the northwest, west and southwest, and the storm systems that come from the southwest generally have the most snow because they connect with a moisture source called the Gulf of Mexico. Alberta Clippers are moisture starved and with colder air snowfalls are much less than the southern storm systems. Colorado low pressure systems from basically the western direction can bring moderate snowfalls, but the biggest storms are always from the south to southwest.

The track of Monday’s southern storm system is the greatest factor in determining how much snow will fall in Milwaukee, along with upper air support and speed of the storm system. This low pressure system is too far south and is moving too quickly through the Ohio valley.



MONDAY NIGHT: Increasing clouds, becoming breezy, and mild
Low: 28 Lakefront...23 Inland
Wind: ENE 10-15 mph

TUESDAY: Cloudy and windy with snow developing in the afternoon
Accumulation: 1"-2"
High: 35
Wind: NE 15-25 mph gusting to 35 mph

TUE NIGHT: Cloudy and windy with snow likely
Accumulation: 1"-2"
Low: 27
Wind: NE 15-25 mph gusting to 30 mph

WEDNESDAY:Mostly cloudy and windy with scattered light snow...less than 1"
High: 36
Wind: NNE 15-25 mph