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Cold weekend ahead

February 7th, 2014 at 4:45 am by under News, Weather

A high pressure perched over the Ohio Valley will result in a lot of sunshine for us again today but colder than normal temperatures continue (Normal high is 26°).  Wind chills this morning will be between 20 and 30 below and a wind chill advisory is in effect until noon; something we have become accustomed to this winter.

That thick ice on Lake Winnebago is not going anywhere this weekend as temperatures for the opening of Sturgeon spearing will be frigid.  At 7 am tomorrow the temperature will be near -5 and wind chill about -15.  There is a chance of snow after noon.

We may actually get a warm up by next weekend.  After the seven day trend graphic you see below, indications are that we could see freezing or even above freezing conditions next Saturday and Sunday.

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Big snow to the south

February 5th, 2014 at 11:32 am by under News, Weather

A major winter storm continues to push into the northeast and New England after dumping impressive amounts of snow to our south and southwest.  Topeka, Kansas received a foot of snow and Indianapolis picked up a record total for the date.  The amounts you see below are preliminary totals as of 8 this morning. (Thanks to Doug Higgins for the graphics!)  Around here we’ll get cold tonight and wind chills will approach -20 tomorrow morning and Friday morning so a wind chill advisory may be issued from the National Weather Service.  Bundle up…again.

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Major winter storm stays south

February 4th, 2014 at 4:22 am by under News, Weather

We’ll see cooler than normal temperatures around here but a big winter storm has a large portion of the country under “storm watch.”  In fact the last time I counted it was up to 22 states that had a winter storm warning in effect due to snow totals expected to be 6 to 12 inches.  We may see a few flurries or light snow in the southern portion of our viewing area tonight and into tomorrow.  Counties from Milwaukee south to the Illinois border will see 1 to 3 inches with more along the Lake.

Today, we can expect increasing clouds today with a high near 20; still below normal but the warmest day we’ll see in the next seven.

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Back to the chill for Friday 01/31/14

January 31st, 2014 at 4:14 am by under News, Weather

Most of our area picked up 2 to 4 inches of snow from the fast-moving system that pushed through the area yesterday.  The burst of snow mid-day and strong winds resulted in whiteout conditions on the roads for a time. In Green Bay 2.6 inches of snow fell at the National Weather Service office.

We’re back to the deep freeze today with highs only topping out near 10 degrees and wind chills below zero all day.  If you’re traveling south tomorrow be careful.  A storm moving through the region from the southwest could bring about a half foot of snow to Chicago Saturday. Around here we may get 1 to 3 inches by tomorrow evening.

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Still warmer in Alaska than here

January 29th, 2014 at 9:17 am by under News, Weather

We’ve had an Arctic Blast around here the past few days with temperatures just touching the zero mark yesterday in Green Bay.  For the month of January, the average temperature is about 8 degrees below normal so if you think it has been cold this year…you were right!  As a matter of fact we’ve been stuck in a very cold weather pattern all winter.  This pattern has had the opposite effect to the northwest.  Folks in Alaska have been enjoying mild weather due to the position of the jet stream.

Check out yesterday’s high temperatures in Alaska and compare those to the highs in the region.  I’ll bet you never think of heading to Alaska to warm up. If you want to know more about this pattern and how it is looking a lot like the winters of the late 70s, Meteorologist Phil DeCastro looked into it and has a nice comparison.  Those were some extremely cold winters!

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Even Colder Packers-Niners Forecast (Updated Friday)

December 30th, 2013 at 7:08 am by under News, Weather

It’s going to be one of the coldest playoff games ever at Lambeau Field on Sunday.  The Packers take on San Francisco at 3:40 pm and an Arctic air mass will be in place so get your fleece on.  At noon when you tailgate the temperature will be near 0 degrees with the game time temperature hovering around -1° and a wind chill near -20.   This would put the game in the top 3 of coldest playoff games ever played at Lambeau Field. The temperature plunges during the game too.  At the end of the game the temperature will be -5° with a wind chill near -30°  Bundle up and Go Pack!

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It will definitely be a white Christmas

December 24th, 2013 at 9:49 am by under News, Weather

It was bitterly cold this morning with a low in Green Bay at -14°.  That’s the coldest it has been in almost 3 years.  Luckily the wind wasn’t blowing that hard but when it was we had wind chills in the area near -25°.    We’ll see lots of sunshine for  most of the day today and a high near 14°.

A fast-moving storm system will push through tonight and into Christmas morning giving us 2 to 3 inches of fresh snow for Christmas morning.  The snow will probably start around 9 pm for Green Bay and the Fox Cities and a bit earlier to the west. Winds will be rather strong tonight out of the SSW at 10-20 mph which may result in blowing snow.  Be careful if you are traveling because roads will be slick.  Snow showers later in the day may even add an additional half inch to an inch.  Right now there is a foot of snow on the ground in Green Bay after the 6.6″ of snow from Winter Storm Alice.  Merry Christmas!

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How We Pick Winter Storm Names

November 12th, 2013 at 9:50 am by under News, Weather

The 2013-2014 Winter Storm Names have been released continuing a more than quarter century tradition here at FOX 11. Naming snow storms started in the late 80s by former Chief Meteorologist John Chandik who used the names of local cities and towns for many years.  About 10 years ago we started picking popular male and female names, the way hurricanes are named.

In case you’re wondering who picks the names…that would be me.  I run it by my boss after I put the initial list together and sometimes we tweak it a bit.  I try to use popular names from different decades (the social security list of names comes in handy)  so that all generations get a chance to have a storm named after them.  For instance Alice was popular in the 50s and 60s (and becoming popular again) and Braden in the 2000s; Joseph in the 90s.  I’ve also heard from a number of people who would like to have a continuation of names into the next year so that we would see some winter storms that start with  the letter “P” or “S”.  Others would like me to start with “Z” and go backward.  Although I didn’t do that this year, I’ll consider it for next season.  Below you’ll find the names and the factors the FOX 11 meteorologists use to determine if a storm should get a name.

One Wet Halloween

November 1st, 2013 at 4:16 am by under News, Weather

The little ghosts and goblins got soaked yesterday as steady rain came down during trick-or-treat hours in the entire area.  This was after rain in the morning hours too.  Most of the area received an inch or more of rain.

We’ll have a chance for more rain today but nothing like the past 24 hours.  The best chance for showers will be this afternoon and into this evening. You may want to bring a rain poncho if you’re heading to high school football playoff games tonight.  The weekend brings cooler weather with temperatures in the mid 40s.

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Frosty Start but warming up

September 17th, 2013 at 5:19 am by under News, Weather

There’s a frost advisory in effect for areas northwest of Green Bay and the Fox Cities until 7 am.  Clear skies and light winds will result in areas of widespread frost in those counties.  Check the current temperatures.

Yesterday’s lows were at or below freezing for many areas “Up North” with Eagle River dropping to 29 and Rhinelander at 28.

High temperatures were also well below normal yesterday. The normal high for this time of year is 70 but Green Bay only saw a high of 60.  We’ll warm up today to about where we should be and by Thursday we’ll see highs near 80 but with the warmer air comes  a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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