As of Thursday Green Bay has officially measured 20.6″ of snow for the month of February. Another sunny day with seasonal temperatures is in the forecast on Friday before our next large storm system moves into the state for the weekend. Here’s a breakdown of what to expect.
Saturday morning/afternoon: A strong storm system will be developing near Missouri and Kansas as it moves northeast. Snow will begin to develop across Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. Warmer air will be pulled northward which could bring the threat for a mix of freezing rain and sleet across central and eastern Wisconsin.
Saturday evening/night: Mild air will continue to be transported northward which will allow a wintry mix across northeast Wisconsin to change over to all rain through the midnight hour. Colder air northwest of Green Bay and the Fox Valley will allow for heavy snow to begin falling Saturday night. The rain could fall heavy at times Saturday evening with areas potentially receiving over a half inch of rainfall. This could cause localized flooding issues due to clogged storm drains.
Sunday morning: Rain will quickly change to all snow Sunday morning as colder air gets filtered southward behind the storm system which will be located east of Lake Superior. Very strong northwest winds will also develop which could gust well over 40 mph. The potential for heavy snow also exists which will greatly reduce visibility.
Sunday afternoon/evening: Snow will eventually end through the evening hours on Sunday. Strong winds will continue into Sunday night bringing the threat for lake effect snow closer to the WI/U.P. border.
The best chance for heavy snow accumulations currently exists across central and northern Wisconsin through Sunday evening. A small shift in the track of this strong storm system could greatly increase or decrease snow amounts across the area.
Stay tuned to Storm Team 5 for the latest details for the upcoming weekend.