Winter Storm Watch Issued...Updated Snow Totals

NOW: Winter Storm Watch Issued...Updated Snow Totals

The majority of the computer models are in good agreement with a heavy long duration snow event Thursday night into Friday afternoon.  The heaviest snow will fall along the border of Illinois and Wisconsin.

A new winter weather advisory has been issued to the north of the winter storm watch.

The forecast will be complicated with some lake enhancement as the winds turn northeasterly early Friday morning.  That could increase totals and will need to be watched.  There will likely be a sharp cutoff the further north you go from Milwaukee.  The winter storm watch is in a good spot highlighting the chance for more significant snow in our southern counties.

Here we go again! Another relatively long duration snow event is looking more likely to cut across our area. The timing of the snow is mostly during the overnight of Thursday to Friday morning. At this time it appears significant snowfall may occur in our southern spots. Additionally, as the storm passes, northeast winds will pick up and that could lead to lingering lake bands and also blowing snow concerns. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for our central and southern locations including the cities of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha. Snow is likely in progress area wide by 9 or 10pm Thursday evening.

It should remain fairly steady through about sunrise.
 Snow will then begin to taper off during the mid morning. As we get closer to the storm start, the National Weather Service will move the watch to a Winter Storm Warning, or place it on a lower end Winter Weather Advisory. So stay tuned to this evolving weather situation over the next twenty-four hours for changes to the Watch and also as we fine tune snowfall amounts. There will be a sharp cut off in snow totals as you head north.

Here's a look at what I'm thinking as of now, for snowfall accumulation:

As you can see, northern locations will see perhaps a couple inches, while southern locations could be over a half foot. Stay with CBS58 for updates online and on air.

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I'm meteorologist Rebecca Schuld

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