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|Sunrise 7:25AM||Sunset 4:55PM||Wednesday January 22, 2020 6:16 PM CST (00:16 UTC)||Moonrise 6:45AM||Moonset 3:50PM||Illumination 5%|
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Area Discussion for - Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Milwaukee/Sullivan WI 529 PM CST Wed Jan 22 2020
Light snow is making very slow progress into the area from the west. Should see some light flakes in the Madison area in the next few hours, with snow reaching the Milwaukee area well after midnight. Around an inch of slushy accumulation is expected for most of the area by daybreak.
A long duration light snow event is expected to begin later this evening, continuing into Friday. For tonight, expect light snow to gradually move into the area from the west this evening and overnight. Snow will not be continuous, but will be more showery in nature. Visibility restrictions will generally be between 2 and 4 miles, though could drop below 2 miles for brief periods of time. Ceilings will fall as well, eventually falling to IFR with the snow.
Winds will be generally light from the south and southeast through the next 24 hours.
PREV DISCUSSION. (Issued 344 PM CST Wed Jan 22 2020)
SHORT TERM .
Tonight And Thursday . Forecast Confidence Is Medium To High.
Based on the latest satellite imagery, the first of a series of mid-level shortwave troughs is working its ways to the northeast across IA this afternoon, and will approach MN/WI this evening. Better, albeit fairly weak, forcing associated with upper-level diffluence, 500mb dCVA, and 850mb WAA will align over southern WI through this evening.
However, a low-level dry layer is progged to hold on for the rest of the afternoon. This will likely delay the onset of precip a bit, but as persistent southerly winds continue to advect moisture into the area, moistening the environment through the evening. Saturation, combined with the thermal profile remaining below freezing through the dendritic growth zone, will support light snow through the short-term period.
Hi-res models depict a similar onset of precip and current thinking is light snow will begin sometime after 00z out west and spread east through the evening. However, can't rule out a brief period of light freezing drizzle on the initial onset of precip, but confidence remains low.
Nonetheless, with low snow ratios around 10:1 and low QPF, not expecting too much in the way of accumulations through Thursday. Even though running on the lower end of things (closer to the 10th and 25th percentiles) for QPF and snowfall amounts, generally thinking snow totals through Thursday afternoon will range from around 1 to 2 inches across most of the area. However, this will be enough snow to cause reduced visibilities and few slicks spots out on the roads overnight and tomorrow. Otherwise, expect cloudy skies to persist with lows tonight dipping into the upper 20s, and highs Thursday in the low to mid 30s.
Thursday Night Through Saturday . Forecast Confidence Is Medium.
Models continue to show a closed 500 mb low moving from far eastern Kansas to southwest/west central Indiana Thursday night and Friday, then moving east into Ohio Friday night into Saturday. Low pressure at the surface shifts from northern Missouri to northern/central Indiana Thursday night into Friday, then shifting into lower Michigan and Lake Huron Friday night into Saturday. Steady warm air advection lingers Thursday night into Friday across the area, with modest upward vertical motion. This will continue to bring a steady light snow to the area.
Some frontogenesis may occur in the low to mid levels Friday afternoon and night, mainly in eastern parts of the area. In addition, the models have trended further north with the surface low track, and have increased its strength somewhat. This may bring higher snow totals to eastern parts of the area later Friday into Friday evening. Will need to watch trends for this period for any possible headlines and impacts.
Thus, continued high PoPs for light snow through Friday night/Saturday morning. Total QPF and snow amounts through Saturday morning are around the 50th percentile per model certainty, and used the 25th/75th percentile ranges for graphical messaging.
Lowered temperatures a bit on Friday and Saturday closer to the raw model output. There may still be some mix of light rain and light snow Friday into Friday evening, which may limit snow amounts a bit.
Will message the second round of light snow for Thursday night into Friday morning, which may bring an inch or so. The last round Friday afternoon into Saturday morning could bring a few inches, highest in the far eastern parts of the area. This is where the biggest impacts may occur. Stay tuned to the latest forecasts.
LONG TERM .
Saturday Night Through Monday Night . Forecast Confidence Is Medium.
Northwest flow at 500 mb lingers the rest of the weekend into early next week. This should bring dry conditions to the area for the most part, with temperatures remaining a little above seasonal normals.
Tuesday Through Wednesday . Forecast Confidence Is Medium.
Models are trying to bring a well developed low pressure system northeastward toward the area Tuesday night into Wednesday. There are some timing and placement differences with features this far out, so will leave blended model PoPs and temperatures alone for now. Something to watch, as this may be the next impactful weather system for the area.
AVIATION(21Z TAF UPDATES) .
Mid-level clouds are beginning to push in this afternoon and will continue lowering overnight, as the mid-level disturbance pushes over MN/WI. Still expecting light snow to move in this evening with it to start at MSN 04z (give or take and hour or two) and then spread east toward the other terminals overnight. Periods of light snow are expected to continue Thursday, which will likely reduce visibilities and contribute to the lower ceilings and visibilities to IFR levels.
A mid-level disturbance continues to push into the Upper Midwest tonight. Winds will gradually diminish, but remain breezy at times through the evening. Will let the Small Craft Advisory expire this afternoon for our nearshore waters.
As the mid-level feature continues to push east, winds will continue weaken into Thursday, before another area of low pressure approaches from the Plains late Thursday. This will result in winds shifting to the east Friday, and then becoming northerly into the weekend as the low passes south of the region.
MKX WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. WI . None. LM . None.
Update . Boxell Tonight/Thursday and Aviation/Marine . Boxell Thursday Night through Wednesday . 99
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|Stations||Dist||Age||Wind||Air Temp||Water Temp||Waves||Pressure||DewPt|
|PWAW3 - Port Washington, WI||91 mi||37 min||SSW 4.1 G 9.9||33°F||1020 hPa|
|SGNW3 - Sheboygan, WI||93 mi||17 min||SSW 12 G 15||33°F|
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|Wautoma, Wautoma Municipal Airport, WI||10 mi||21 min||S 7||10.00 mi||Unknown Precip||30°F||25°F||82%||1017.7 hPa|
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