Wintry mix could cause travel problems Monday/Monday night, another cold blast Wednesday, Thursday

MADISON, Wis. – A developing winter storm system may bring travel problems across Wisconsin from Monday morning through Monday evening. In the wake of the storm, colder weather will return for the middle of the week, with below zero temperatures and wind chills expected on Thursday morning.

Snow is expected to develop on Monday morning across southern and central Wisconsin.  The snow will mix with and possibly change to rain on Monday afternoon across much of southern Wisconsin. This should limit any snow accumulation where the mixed precipitation and rain occur.

As a cold front moves through the state by late Monday afternoon, the precipitation will change back to a period of light snow and flurries, with perhaps an inch of snow accumulating before the precipitation ends around midnight. There could also be some light freezing rain and freezing drizzle for a time as well. The combination of light snow and freezing drizzle or freezing rain could make roads slippery on Monday evening.

For areas north of Wisconsin Dells, temperatures will be near freezing for Monday, meaning the precipitation will mainly be in the form of accumulating snow. At this time, snow accumulations of one to five inches are expected, with the highest totals well north of the Dells. An additional inch of snow is possible on Monday evening before it ends around midnight.

Another shot of cold Canadian air will arrive From Tuesday night through Thursday morning. Behind Monday’s storm system, breezy and colder weather will keep temperatures in the middle 20s on Tuesday. The winds will diminish on Tuesday night, but with low temperatures dropping into the middle single digits above zero by early Wednesday morning, wind chills could drop to near 10 below zero. High temperatures will only reach the upper teens on Wednesday, and by Thursday morning, low temperatures will drop to near 5 below zero, with morning wind chills around 15 below zero. Even with sunny skies on Thursday, high temperatures will only reach 20 degrees.

Just like our last cold snap, this one will be of short duration. Temperatures will already be climbing into the middle 30s on Friday, to above 40 degrees on Saturday, and into the middle 40s on Sunday. The mild weather should last a few days into next week.

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

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