February will end with near-record high temps, threat of severe thunderstorms

MADISON, Wis. - The month of February will end with near-record high temperatures, and maybe even a threat for an isolated strong to severe thunderstorm.

A warm front will sweep into Wisconsin on Tuesday morning. Showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop overnight, but only lightning, thunder and brief heavy downpours are expected.

During the day, temperatures will warm up quickly on mild southerly winds. High temperatures are expected to reach the mid-50s by late afternoon, which is very close to the record high of temperature of 58, set just last year.

As a cold front moves through Wisconsin on Tuesday evening, showers and thunderstorms will move through the state. There is a very slight chance of a thunderstorm reaching severe levels, with hail and strong winds being the main threats.

Later Tuesday night, falling temperatures behind the front will begin to change the rain to snow. With temperatures remaining near freezing on Wednesday, minor snow accumulations of around an inch are possible through the day on Wednesday, perhaps resulting in slippery road conditions.

Monitor WISC-TV3, and the WISC Weather App for the latest on the changing weather.

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