3 PM Update: Snow Showers Gradually Wind Down This Afternoon
Updated 3:00 PM
All of the winter weather advisories have been dropped. The winter storm warning remains in effect for Racine and Kenosha counties until 6 pm.
Milwaukee and Ozaukee were dropped because the lake effect band of snow has pushed south. That lake effect band could produce another inch of snow as it moves south this afternoon.
Models do weaken that band by the early evening. Another lake effect band is forecast to develop overnight, but that has a high likelihood of staying over the lake and not impacting our area.
Side roads will be slick tonight. Temperatures are expected to drop into the single digits and the teens overnight.
Updated 1:00 p.m. January 26, 2021
Here's the latest radar imagery:Snow showers are starting to become more scattered in nature. As you can see the western tier counties are no longer in an Advisory, while the other spots in the advisory in purple or warning in pink will still run until 6pm this evening. At this point the snow totals are really starting to add up, have a look: Additional light accumulations of an inch or two are possible, generally in our eastern locations as lake enhancement continues to feed into bands near Lake Michigan. The good news is that the intensity of snow is easing at this time, and by sunset winds will subside enough so any blowing and drifting of snow should drop considerably.
Updated 10:58 a.m. January 26, 2021
The lake breeze from the northeast is holding strong at this time.It continues to feed the snow showers and provide reduced visibility of around a mile in lakeshore locations. Additionally, most roads are still snow covered and or slushy, especially many city streets. Here's the latest on the major highways from the DOT: Even though our western tier counties have the Winter Weather Advisory ending at noon, there's currently a fairly heavy band of snow working across Jefferson county. That will meander to the lakeshore in the next two hours.
Updated 9:04 a.m. January 26, 2021
Snow totals continue to come in across southeast Wisconsin. Our northern areas across Dodge and Washington Counties have the highest totals so far and they were the areas that saw a big heavy snow band during the early morning hours. Those communities have seen 5-7" of snow already. Some areas near the lake and south haven't seen as much with 2-5" but snow will continue to fall there through the morning.
There are still some heavier snow bands out there this morning and as of 9 a.m. one is moving through Milwaukee. Here is the latest radar image that will update with time:
Wind gusts are still very strong with gusts in the 20-40 mph range. That's causing reduced visibility under a mile in a lot of spots. Blowing and drifting snow will continue to be an issue all day long.
As of 9 a.m. the snow is starting to lighten up in our northern and western counties and will continue to do so over the next few hours with little snow expected in Fond du Lac, Dodge and Jefferson Counties after noon. Lakeside and southern spots will now take over with some additional lake enhanced snow through the afternoon. By the time the snow is all done expect 4-8" across all of southeast Wisconsin.
Updated: 7:03 a.m. January 26, 2021
The snow is coming down steady and heavy in spots and the wind is really whipping. A band of heavy snow has developed over some of our northern communities. This area of heavy snow will mess up our snow forecast with over 6" of snow possible in these areas. The rest of southeast Wisconsin is seeing steady light to moderate snow.
Snow reports are starting to come in with most of southeast Wisconsin in the 2-6" range so far. At this point it looks like most of southeast Wisconsin will end up in a 4-8" range across the entire area including our northern counties.
The snow will stay steady through the rest of the morning. it will start to come to an end around noon in our western counties like Fond du Lac, Dodge and Jefferson Counties. Then our attention turns to lake effect snow that will linger lakeside through the afternoon and evening with a couple more inches of possible there. That lake effect band will push east and away from our area overnight.
Posted: 4:20 a.m. January 26, 2021
Steady snow moved in after 10 p.m. Monday night with most seeing steady snow by midnight. That snow has continued to stay steady Tuesday morning with light to moderate and even heavy snow at times. Here's the latest radar image that will update with time:
The wind is quickly becoming the bigger issue with strong gusts causing blowing snow and making road conditions even worse. A few spots have already seen wind gusts up to and over 30 mph this morning. Here are the current gusts:
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Road conditions are already pretty rough out there with snow covered roads reported across all of southeast Wisconsin. With heavy snow expected to be in place through the morning commute combined with blowing and drifting snow the roads will only get worse.
The forecast remains on track with steady snow expected for all of southeast Wisconsin all morning long. By noon the snow will begin to end in our western and northern counties but will linger with some lake effect for lakeside areas through the afternoon and early evening. Some light accumulation will be possible with that afternoon and evening lake effect but the bulk of the snow accumulation will happen before noon. A winter weather advisory (shown in purple) and a winter storm warning (pink) are both in effect through the late afternoon. Ozaukee County was added to the warning early Tuesday morning and Dodge County was added to the advisory Monday evening. Fond du Lac County is the only county not currently under an advisory or warning.
Snow totals still look on track with lakeside areas picking up the most with up to 8" possible there. Some inland and southern spots will see as much as 5" or 6" and northern and western locations will see the lowest totals with only a few inches there.
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