Storm Team 4: Two big storms headed our way

John Malan reports that the warm temps are almost gone, and more snow is headed to Wisconsin.
  • After high temperatures near fifty degrees on President’s Day in Milwaukee, strong northwest winds and much colder air settles in for Tuesday. 

  • There could be flurries or brief snow showers as the cold air pours into the state, but any accumulation would be minor. 

  • The cold air sticks around through Thursday before another storm system warms us up and brings back some snow to southern Wisconsin.

  • Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with flurries and a few scattered light snow showers, but temperatures will remain steady in the teens and wind chills below zero all day thanks to winds gusting to 40 mph.

  • Wednesday will be sunny with highs near 20 and then we start to prepare for the next storm by late Thursday. With highs only in the 20s on Thursday, this storm will be all snow, but compared to last week, it has weakened considerably.

  • Milwaukee will still have decent snow totals of 3-5" by Friday morning, but its not as significant as we thought last week. It is only Monday and many things could change so stay tuned.

  • TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, windy, & much colder with scattered light snow showers
    High: 20 Lakefront...16 Inland
    Wind: NW 20-30 mph gusting to 40 mph
    Wind chills: 0 to -5

  • TUE NIGHT: Decreasing clouds, windy, & very cold
    Low: 7 Lakefront...1 Inland
    Wind: NW 10-20 mph 
    Wind chills: -10 to -20

  • WEDNESDAY: Sunny, breezy & very cold
    High: 20
    Wind: NW 10-15 mph

  • Snow on the ground makes for a beautiful winter landscape, but in many recent winter seasons a deep snow cover has been few and far between. During the winter of 2010-11, there was a large snow cover after the Ground Hog’s Day blizzard, but very little before that snow storm.

  • Last year we only received thirty inches of seasonal snowfall, and most of the first half of the winter season was void of snow on the ground.

  • During this winter season the greatest snow depth in Milwaukee was seven inches recorded on the 7th through the 9th this month, but at present we are down to a trace of snow.

  • During the month of December more than half of the month had no snow cover, and in January eighteen days were without snow on the ground. 

  • The whole winter season so far has reported forty-two of seventy days with no snow cover.