Milder weather brings light snow from tonight through Saturday morning

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MADISON, Wis. — After three days of below-normal temperatures, milder weather returned today and may last through the end of next week. With the milder temperatures, on and off light snow is likely through Saturday morning.

Even though it has been cold the past few days, that has been the exception for much of “meteorological winter” which begins December first. The daily average temperature has been below normal only six times this month, and only on ten days total since the beginning of December. As a result, temperatures so far for this winter in Madison have been about seven degrees above normal.

A mild weather pattern with above-normal temperatures returned today and should last through the end of next week as January comes to an end. The 8-14 Day Temperature Outlook from the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is calling for a 60% chance of above-normal temperatures through February fifth.

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As the temperatures warm up, the chances for precipitation also will increase. Light snow tonight will continue through Thursday and Friday before ending Saturday morning. Minor snow accumulations of around an inch or two are expected tonight, and additional snow accumulations of an inch or two may be possible for Thursday and Friday. The additional snowfall will be dependent on if temperatures stay just cold enough for precipitation to be mainly in the form of snow, or if a mixture of rain or snow occurs instead. The best chances for a mix of precipitation (with lesser snow totals) will be on Friday afternoon from near Madison and areas to the south, while areas north of Madison will stay a little colder and a couple of inches of additional snow is more likely.

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Quiet weather is expected from this weekend through Tuesday of next week with little in the way of precipitation. Skies will remain mostly cloudy as temperatures above freezing for a few hours each day will melt a little snow and cause moisture levels in the atmosphere to rise. A weather system toward the end of next week could bring snow or a mix of rain and snow on Wednesday and light snow on Thursday.

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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