Madison sets new record low, a winter storm and more dangerous cold on the horizon

Madison sets new record low, a winter storm and more dangerous cold on the horizon

After standing for 56 years, the record low temperature for January 26 of -21° set back in 1963 was replaced this morning. Temperatures in Madison fell to 23° below 0 overnight.

New Record: Madison officially has set a record low for January 26th at -23° this morning. The old record was -21° set back in 1963. #wiwx pic.twitter.com/D1gWu3TQA0

— Chris Reece (@ChrisReeceWX) January 26, 2019

But it’s not just the cold of today. We’re watching the threat for another winter storm, followed by more once in a generation cold by next week. Alert Days are in the forecast for Monday for a winter storm with the potential to produce 5-10 inches of heavy snowfall and blowing/drifting snow, and for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday for dangerously cold temperatures and wind chills. Low temperatures may be between 20 to 25 below zero, with wind chills as cold as -55; that kind of cold could lead to frostbite of exposed skin in less than 5 minutes.

Madison sets new record low, a winter storm and more dangerous cold on the horizon

In starting with the upcoming snow, Winter Storm Watches are in effect for the entire area from Sunday night and into Monday night. Snow accumulations have the potential to be significant for many.

Switching gears from the cold and focusing on the snow, Winter Storm Watches have been issued for the entire area from 6PM Sunday to 6PM Monday. Heavy snow and gusty winds could lead to reduced visibility + blowing and drifting snow during this time. #wiwx pic.twitter.com/NToV4hVztB

— Chris Reece (@ChrisReeceWX) January 26, 2019

TIMING
Expect snowfall to begin to overspead the area from the west on Sunday evening.

Madison sets new record low, a winter storm and more dangerous cold on the horizon

Right now there’s a chance that the system will have to fight a little bit of dry air before it reaches the ground, but by the Monday morning rush hour, heavy snow should be overspreading the region for everyone.

Madison sets new record low, a winter storm and more dangerous cold on the horizon

During this time, it is also possible for winds to gust upwards of 25 to 30 mph at times. This would lead to blowing and drifting snow farther reducing visibilities than the falling snow.

Madison sets new record low, a winter storm and more dangerous cold on the horizon

The snow should come to an end at some point Monday afternoon or evening.

Madison sets new record low, a winter storm and more dangerous cold on the horizon

Total snowfall amounts will again range from 5 to 10 inches area wide, with the heaviest band of snow appearing to set up along and just north of I-94 as of now.

Madison sets new record low, a winter storm and more dangerous cold on the horizon

There is still time for that axis of heaviest snow to change, but it does appear that everyone is in for significant snow accumulations for now.

Beyond the snow, we’re watching the cold. Windchills from Tuesday morning through Thursday could lead to frostbite in as quickly as five minutes for some.

Madison sets new record low, a winter storm and more dangerous cold on the horizon Madison sets new record low, a winter storm and more dangerous cold on the horizon Madison sets new record low, a winter storm and more dangerous cold on the horizon

It would also be a good time to continually check on neighbors, and take close care of any outdoor pets.

Stay tuned to News 3 First Alert Weather for the latest, and Meteorologist Chris Reece will continue to actively tweet the latest information regarding the developing winter storm.

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