People enjoy last days of warm temps despite winter’s impending arrival

People enjoy last days of warm temps despite winter’s impending arrival

If you didn’t have access to a calendar, you might be forgiven for thinking it’s May.

Warmer-than-average temperatures throughout the month of November had people spending more time outdoors than they might otherwise during what is usually a cool month here in Wisconsin.

“It’s beautiful outside,” University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Sophia Heo said. “When I went outside for my morning run I couldn’t believe how warm it was and I was excited that I’d be able to walk to class wearing shorts today.”

Like Heo, UW-Madison student Jack Alberts spent a lot of time outdoors today, organizing a football game with his fraternity brothers.

“We’ve got the younger guys in the fraternity playing against the older guys in the fraternity, some of the vets,” Alberts said. “We’ve had a team for a while so we’re trying to train them up for a little bit, try to get them ready for intramurals.”

But don’t expect the nice weather to stick around too much longer.

“Believe it or not, we will get winter at some point,” Tim Halbach, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Milwaukee/Sullivan office said. “It’s coming.”

This week marks Wisconsin’s Winter Weather Week, and the National Weather Service along with state and local agencies hosted an informational event Thursday night in Madison to prepare the public for winter storms.

Halbach said people need to keep an eye on road conditions in particular once our first snowfall hits.

“The first snowstorm always ends up being a lot of accidents with that. Even the light snowfalls, 1 inch, 2 inches of snow can cause issues,” Halbach said.

For the latest weather conditions, visit the News 3 Weather page.

For winter weather tips, visit the National Weather Service’s website.