Winter Storm Possible Tuesday

February 28th, 2015 at 11:17 am by under Weather

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Travel Tuesday may be slow and slick across the badger state.

Over the past few days several weather computer models have placed a strong storm system in Wisconsin.  The image above is the forecast track for the storm and the associated swath of snow on it’s northeast side.  The storm track and the amount of moisture in this storm all point to a healthy snow event for NE Wisconsin.

While it’s too far out in time to give specific snow forecasts for each town in NE Wisconsin, I do believe may areas will see 5″ of snow with isolated area getting even more of the white stuff.

The snow is expected to start late Monday night, become heaviest mid-day Tuesday, and tapper off to flurries Tuesday night.  Gusty winds Tuesday night will cause significant blowing and drifting of the snow.  If you have travel plans Tuesday or early Wednesday keep a very close eye on the latest forecast.  We’ll be updating you with the latest forecast here, and on Fox 11 news.


Warming up this weekend but still chilly

February 27th, 2015 at 9:35 am by under Weather

We’ll see a lot of sunshine today with a high near 17. Tomorrow’s high will hit 20 and Sunday’s temperature will top out near 27 with a chance of snow.  We may get a half inch to an inch of snow accumulation from that but it’s a more potent storm that may impact the area on Tuesday that we’re keeping a close eye on.  Heavy snow will be falling Tuesday in the region but exactly where is the question.  It depends on the track of the storm.  The latest ECMWF computer model shows the heavy band of snow across Green Bay and the Fox Cities and areas east  but things may change.  We’ll keep you posted on the newest developments.

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Wind Chills to -20 this morning

February 26th, 2015 at 7:45 am by under Weather

The next 24 hours will bring much colder than normal temperatures (normal high is 32). It’s another cold morning with temperatures below zero and wind chills to -20.  We’ll see chills below zero all day and temperatures will reach near 11. If you’re looking for warmth…you may have to wait a while.  According to the Climate Prediction Center’s latest data, we can expect below normal temperatures overall for the March 5th through 11th period.   The good news is that after, I’m seeing indications of warmer than normal temperatures.  The normal high for March 12th is 37 and by the end of March, the normal high is 46.

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It’s Cold…Again!

February 25th, 2015 at 10:45 am by under Weather

After a high of 34 degrees in Green Bay yesterday, the Arctic air is back!  We’ll see a high temperature near 12 today and 9 tomorrow with a “wake up” temperature of -7 tomorrow morning.  The cold weather will continue through Friday then a warmer weekend is ahead. A winter storm to our southwest will not impact northeast Wisconsin but it will put down 7 to 10 inches of snow in parts of Iowa through this evening.

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Windy and warmer with snow showers

February 24th, 2015 at 7:47 am by under Weather

Southwest winds will be gusting to 30 mph this morning and continue to be strong this afternoon as they turn more to the west and eventually northwest ushering in colder air tonight.  Be careful on the roads today as snow showers are possible through about 4 pm today. After today it gets much colder…again. Highs near 10 tomorrow and Thursday.  And yes we’ve have had a colder than normal February so far.  The average temperature is running well below where it usually is for the month.

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Coldest morning of the season

February 23rd, 2015 at 11:04 am by under Weather

The wind chill advisory that was in effect this morning has been allowed to expire but it’s still cold.  Chills for the rest of the day will be between -10 and -20 and high temperatures will be near 8.  Winds will become strong this afternoon and into tomorrow with gusts to 30 mph overnight.  Those southwest winds will pump up warmer air though as temperatures rise overnight.  By tomorrow morning we may see snow showers as well.  http://fox11online.com/2015/02/23/todays-video-forecast-2/

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Dangerous wind chills this morning

February 23rd, 2015 at 6:28 am by under Weather

A wind chill advisory is in effect until 10 am this morning as “feels like” temperatures will be between -20 and -35 degrees.  In this range, you may get frostbite on exposed skin within 20 minutes.  Temperatures will rise to near 8 today and it will become windy with southwest winds at 10 to 20 mph this afternoon.  Overnight the temperatures will warm to near 13 by 5 am and snow showers are possible. Bundle up!

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Easy shoveling in Green Bay so far this season

January 30th, 2015 at 11:09 am by under Weather

Snow EventsNo big nowThe largest snow event in Green Bay is just 3.8″ this season.  We’ve only had 2 days with 3″ snow amounts, and none with 4″.

As of January 30th we are a full 9″ behind normal for snowfall.  This is the first time in 20 years that we have not had a 6″+ snow in the months of December and January!

The 6-10 day forecast by the Climate Prediction Center is calling for below normal precipitation in western Wisconsin and near normal levels for eastern Wisconsin.


Blizzard of 2015 was remarkable for some, forgettable for others

January 28th, 2015 at 2:16 pm by under Uncategorized, Weather

While Boston and much of New England has been busy digging out from up to three feet of snow just dumped into their laps, you may have heard quite the commotion coming from parts of the I-95 Corridor just a little bit south of there.

New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, prepared for predictions ranging from 12-30 inches of snow, received barely half that in some cases. For Philadelphia specifically, the snow wasn’t even enough to cover long grass, coming in at about and inch and a half of the white stuff. People there have been clamoring about the storm being a bust, but look just to the north and east, and you’ll find it was anything but.

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This map isn’t precise down to every single observations, but it’s a very, very good look at what snow totals were in New England and the Mid Atlantic regions.

Take a look at eastern Long Island, eastern Massachusetts, eastern Connecticut, southeastern New Hampshire, and southern Maine. A huge swath of two-foot-plus amounts piled up in these areas, with localized totals approaching three feet. That is a TON of snow. Compound this with the winds that gusts over 70 (!) miles per hour in some coastal regions, and you truly had a blizzard to remember in these spots.

What about the areas that didn’t see as much? Well, with storms like this, a small difference in track can make a huge difference in the outcome. The predictions for storms like these have to cover hundreds of thousands of miles of area. Keeping that in mind, take a closer look at Connecticut, and how tight the snowfall gradient ended up being.

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From Enfield to Thompson, CT, there’s a distance of about 34 miles. Enfield received 11.3 inches of snow; Thompson, 33.5″. So over the course of a distance roughly equal to the north-south length of Lake Winnebago, there was a difference in snowfall of nearly two feet! The distances between the haves and the have-nots in this incredible storm were incredibly small.

That said, every forecast and every storm provides and opportunity for learning, and a fairly uniform 10-12 inch snowfall across the five boroughs of New York City is still nothing to sneeze at.

For another breakdown of how the forecast stacked up to what locations actually saw, click here.

For more comprehensive snowfall totals across the region, check here for Philadelphia and New Jersey; here for New York City, Long Island, and parts of New Jersey and Connecticut; here for Boston, Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Eastern Connecticut; and here for southern Maine.

Also included in those links are some of the powerful wind gusts that accompanied the storm. Check ‘em out! It’s not wonder that some seawalls on Cape Cod suffered damage and some areas were flooded with storm surge.


Major blizzard likely on the way for Northeastern I-95 Corridor

January 26th, 2015 at 2:14 pm by under Weather

It’s been a little while since Northeast Wisconsin has seen a doozy of a snowstorm, but the Northeastern United States has one knocking on their doorstep.

Blizzard Warnings are in effect all the way from coastal New Jersey (including my home town!) through the Maine’s coastal border with Canada. Just inland from those warnings, Winter Storm Warnings are in effect, and further away from the coast yet from those is a swath of Winter Weather Advisories.

The snow has already started in many places the storm is beginning to take shape, on its way to becoming a powerful Nor’Easter.

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The storm total forecast for this storm from now until the snow finally tapers off late Tuesday night is going to be extremely impressive.

Official National Weather Service forecasts are calling from 18-30+ inches of snow from northern New Jersey all the way up the I-95 corridor through Connecticut, Providence, Boston, and into coastal Maine. The highest amounts could be approaching 3 feet in Connecticut and central Massachusetts. Our very own national-grid FutureTrack model that ran this morning has a very good handle on this storm, it would appear.

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But high snowfall totals alone do not make for “blizzard” conditions. You need strong winds to go with that snow, and there will be plenty of those.

Sustained winds will range from 20-30 miles per hour during this storm, and gusts to 50 miles per hour or even higher are possible in places like Long Island and Cape Cod. Put it all together, and you have a recipe for truly blinding snow and drifts that could pile up to more than twice what the actual snowfall is.

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It’s a storm that’s going to bear close monitoring over the next 36 hours as it strengthens and the snow piles up.

We have a tool on FOX 11 Online that lets you watch the latest weather conditions there live on our website, which you can find here.