UPDATE: Weekend Snow Storm Moves Closer to SE Wisconsin & Milwaukee
The National Weather Service continues the Winter Storm Warning for Milwaukee, Waukesha, Walworth, Jefferson, Kenosha, and Racine counties for Friday night into Saturday morning. In general 4" to 8" of snow will fall across the viewing area with the highest totals along the border of Illinois and Wisconsin. Overnight the NWS could upgrade the watch into a warning.
Most of the models are taking the track through south central Illinois and up through Ohio. That track would keep the heaviest of the snow across northern Illinois. There is one model that does have more of a northerly track. If that track comes true, our area could see 6" to 12" of snow. That is an outlier at this point, and we don't expect those totals at this time.
Our snow will likely hold off until after 9 pm on Friday. The atmosphere will have to overcome some dry air to saturate, so most of the accumulating snow won't happen until after midnight. Snow could be heavy at times Saturday morning before tapering off to flurries during the afternoon. The warmer lake waters could reduce totals right along the lake. Snow ratios along the lake will be around 9:1 where Waukesha will see more of a 14:1 ratio.
Snow is expected to overcome warmer ground temperatures to accumulate on roads. Travel could be an issue for the start of deer hunting season.