Heavy rain at times Sunday amounted to more than an inch in most locations in northeast Wisconsin which helped with our rainfall deficit for the year, although we’ll still need more rain to bring us back to normal. We have chances for more rain in the forecast over the next week so the totals will keep rising. If you’re heading to a Memorial Day observance or parade, keep the umbrella close at hand.
A wintry mix of rain and sleet changed to snow early Wednesday morning and continued throughout the morning commute creating hazardous driving conditions and numerous accidents. Snow totals were mainly in the 1 to 3 inch range with a few places picking up a bit more.
Our snow has been lacking this year even with the late season snow we had yesterday. In Green Bay totals for the season are about 15 inches below normal and it doesn’t look like we’ll make up the difference as temperatures are on the rise from this weekend through the middle of next week.
There’s a whole lot of melting going on these days as temperatures have risen well above normal the past few days. (Normal high is 36) Snow depth in Green Bay Saturday was 4 inches, Sunday it was 3 and Monday, with a high temperature of 53 degrees, the snow depth was down to a measly inch. It looks like the last inch will melt today with a high of 58. It doesn’t look like we’ll get a record high today and temperatures will actually cool tomorrow after a cold front pushes through the state tonight. BTW, if we get to 60 degrees today or Friday as forecast, it will be the first 60 degree day since October 27th of last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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!
You may have seen the graphic yesterday on FOX’s coverage calling the Packers- Dallas game at Lambeau Sunday “Ice Bowl 2″. But how did this game stack up weather-wise with the real Ice Bowl back in 1967 when the game time temperature was -13 degrees. We look at the facts by averaging the temperatures, wind speeds and wind chill from 1967 and 2015. Notice the average temperature was 38 degrees warmer and the average wind chill was an unbelievable 55 degrees warmer than 1967. So you make the call…was it really Ice Bowl 2? (Thanks to meteorologist Phil DeCastro for these graphics) Click here for pictures of the original Ice Bowl.