After days of bitter cold Northeast Wisconsin is about to get a whole lot warmer. Local 5’s Kris Schuller takes a look at the pros and potential cons from a 60-degree swing this time of year.
After 64 hours of sub-zero temperatures – Northeast Wisconsin is finally getting a break. A 60-degree swing in temperatures. Not unheard of, but unusual, according to Jeff Last of the National Weather Service.
“It certainly doesn’t happen every winter, where we have very bitter cold wind chills and then a day or two later, we’re talking of temps in the 30s, even 40s,” Last said.
For the next three days temperatures are expected to stay above freezing. Snow will melt and the city is making sure winter runoff has a place to go.
“We are somewhat concerned about storm sewers and making sure everything can flow to them,” said Chris Pirlot of Green Bay’s Public Works Department.
Pirlot says street crews have been out opening up storm inlets. But he says the city’s real focus during the warm up will be removing snow packed on city streets.
“We can’t scrape that snowpack off the streets when it’s real cold. Well, now we have the opportunity to do that,” Pirlot said.
Pirlot says the above freezing temps will last just a few days while the existing snow cover will keep the ground frozen. He expects standing water to be at a minimum.
“Right now, we’re not losing sleep worrying about significant water flow on the streets,” said Pirlot.
But Brian Powell says the Green Bay Water Utility will have crews ready, just in case the warm weather expands frost in the ground, causing a water main break.
“It’s not a high concern, it’s just something that we realize can happen and will go out and deal with – if it does,” Powell said.
So, enjoy the warmth while it’s here – because freezing cold returns Tuesday.