Milder Thursday, then accumulating weekend snow is likely

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MADISON, Wis. — Temperatures Wednesday fell to below normal levels in Madison for the first time in three weeks. The cold air won’t last long, as a quick warm-up is on the way for Thursday.

A warm front will move through southern Wisconsin tonight. After temperatures fall to the lower teens Wednesday evening, temperatures will rise into and through the 20s overnight.

A few flurries or patchy freezing drizzle are possible during the mid-morning hours of Thursday. Otherwise, Thursday will be mostly cloudy, windy and milder with scattered rain showers developing the afternoon. Temperatures will reach the middle 40s during the afternoon. Rain showers may mix with snow or freezing rain later Thursday night with areas of fog possible as well.

Two winter storm systems will affect Wisconsin this weekend. Expect a cloudy and colder day on Friday with a chance of light rain and snow, mainly south of Madison as the first system approaches the state from the south.

Friday night will be breezy with snow becoming likely across southern Wisconsin. One to four inches of accumulation is possible from Friday night into Saturday morning, with the heaviest totals falling south of Madison toward the Illinois state line, while areas north of Madison may only see light snow or flurries. The snow will end early on Saturday morning.

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The second storm system will affect southern and possibly eastern Wisconsin beginning later Saturday afternoon. Snow will redevelop and should continue into Saturday night before ending early on Sunday morning. The latest weather computer model forecasts show that it is more likely that accumulating snow, some of it heavy, will impact southern Wisconsin. Right now, it appears that three to six inches of snowfall are likely northwest of Madison, with six inches or more falling in areas southeast of Madison by early Sunday morning.

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The active weather should continue into next week, with accumulating snow possible on Tuesday and Wednesday. Our next shot of cold air will arrive for the end of next week, with high temperatures falling into the upper teens for Thursday and Friday, and low temperatures near zero possible by early Friday morning.

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Later weather forecasts should refine the snow totals a little more as it gets closer to the weekend. However, those planning to travel this weekend should through southern and eastern Wisconsin, eastern Iowa, northern Illinois, and much of Michigan should monitor the forecast for any new updates. This could significantly impact those planning to travel to Green Bay for the Packers playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks set for Sunday evening. The snow should be over well before game time, but fans should allow extra travel time. If you are planning on traveling to Green Bay on Saturday night, it is suggested that you leave early on Saturday afternoon, or wait until after the snow has ended Sunday morning.

Stay tuned to News 3 Now newscasts, Channel3000.com on the internet, and the Channel3000 First Alert Weather and Traffic app for further weather updates.

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