Fresh snow is on the ground once again and it will mostly stick around through Christmas, even though we will see a milder trend after today. Several chances of snow will develop after the holiday so it could turn out pretty good for snow-lovers heading into the new year.
Today: Sunny to partly cloudy. A quiet Winter day.
High: 22 Wind: Becoming SW 5-15
Tonight: Increasing clouds with a 30% chance of patchy light snow or flurries late.
Low: 16 Wind: SE around 5
Thursday: Scattered light snow or flurries during the morning, then milder with breaks of sun during the afternoon.
High: 32 Wind: SE around 5
Today will be a quiet and brighter Winter day with sunny to partly cloudy skies. It will look fairly nice out there but temps will be a little on the chilly side, topping out in the teens in the Northwoods and low 20s around central Wisconsin. Winds will not be too bad, out of the southwest this afternoon at 5 to 15 mph.
A weak trough of low pressure will increase the clouds tonight and bring a small chance of light snow showers tomorrow morning. Not much accumulation is expected and the sun should break out once again on Thursday afternoon. With highs in the low 30s, it will feel nice.
Temperatures will turn a little too mild on Friday – Christmas Eve. Highs will reach the 35 to 40 range and that might melt a bit of the snow. A warm front moving in from the south could produce some light freezing rain early in the morning and then some additional patchy showers through midday. Later in the evening, the weather should be dry.
For the extended period, there are several chances of snow, but due to the active and variable jet stream in the western half of the nation, it is hard to pinpoint when we will have the highest chance of heaviest snow. At this point, it looks like a chance of snow toward the evening hours on Christmas Day, another chance Sunday night into Monday morning, and a third chance Tuesday into Wednesday morning. The timing on the snow will likely change somewhat going forward so stay tuned to updates over the next few days. Some significant accumulation could occur with one or two of the storm systems. Even though the weather will be active, the temperatures will remain mild with highs around 30 from Christmas Day through Tuesday.
Have a super Wednesday! Meteorologist Justin Loew, Morning Update, 22 December-2021
On this date in weather history:
1983 – On the first day of winter 75 cities reported record low temperatures for the date, with twelve of those cities reporting record low temperatures for the month as a whole. The mercury plunged to 51 degrees below zero at Wisdom MT, and Waco TX set an all-time record low a reading of 12 above zero. (The National Weather Summary)