The forecast is like a “broken record” (remember those old 45s you used to put on your spindle) and this winter will be known as one that keeps breaking records. The low this morning in Green Bay dropped to -24°-the coldest temperature in 18 years and the ninth coldest day ever recorded since we started keeping records in 1886; a span of 46,387 days. The wind chill was -37 at one point this morning and it felt every bit of that on the weather deck. Now that meteorological winter is over (December, January & February) it turned out to be the second coldest ever and we keep adding to the record of days below zero. In addition, as of this morning the Great Lakes were 90.5% frozen which is the most ice-covered since 1994 when they were 90.7% iced over. Check out the records below and think warm thoughts. (Thanks to the National Weather Service in Green Bay for official records)
It’s cold, then getting colder and colder still. Another Arctic Blast is impacting us this week and temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees colder than normal. The morning lows on Wednesday through Sunday will be below zero and if that holds true, we will set a new record for days below zero. Wind Chills will be between -20 to -30 on some of those days so expect wind chill advisories to be issued by the National Weather Service. At least the snow depth won’t be affected much over the next week. Last week’s warm temperatures dropped it from 22″ to the current 14″. Those warm days also had an impact on our ice desk. Take a look at the clear beauty of day one stacked up against today’s picture. Notice, however, the highly calibrated “melt-o-meter” shows the melt is only at 2″ overall. Enjoy the day, after all it will be 16 today; the warmest this week…downright balmy!
Winter Storm Carol brought a half a foot of snow to many areas on President’s Day. The storm brought accumulating snow to the southwestern portion of our area in the morning hours, reaching Green Bay about noon. The snow made the afternoon commute a slippery one for drivers with many run-offs and crashes. Forecast snow totals of 4 to 6 inches held up well with Chilton in Calumet County receiving 6.5 inches of snow. Green Bay, Appleton and Oshkosh got between 5 and 6 inches of accumulation. Now we turn warmer…for a few days. We will probably see a high temperature above freezing today which would end a streak of 35 straight days putting it at number 9 on the top ten list. It was a very cold start to the day for Green Bay and areas to the north. The skies cleared a bit overnight and the temperatures dropped to below zero but just to the south, clouds helped keep temps up.
The big weather story focuses on the east coast of the country as ice and snow will impact areas from Atlanta to Boston over the next 48 hours. In Atlanta they are bracing for a “catastrophic ice event”. These are words not only used by the Governor and other politicians but the National Weather Service in Georgia as well. The top of their website page reads:”Winter Storm To Result In Impossible Travel Conditions With Widespread and Extended Power Outages.” When you click on that you find the graphic below highlighting the “catastrophic ice totals” expected. This is serious stuff folks. Check it out below.
To see the latest radar image from the southeast go to our radar page and click on the southeast radar thumbnail on the bottom to see the latest 2 hours of radar. Winter storm warnings are in effect for much of the east coast and ice storm warnings around and east of Atlanta. The forecast ice and snow totals you see below is from one of the computer models that we use here at FOX 11 and it matches up closely with the National Weather Service forecast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!