**A WINTER STORM WARNING will be in effect from 3:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Sunday for BROWN and NEMAHA Counties**
**A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY will be in effect from 3:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Sunday for CLAY, CLOUD, DICKINSON, GEARY, JACKSON, MARSHALL, OTTAWA, POTTAWATOMIE, REPUBLIC, RILEY, and WASHINGTON Counties.**
**A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY will be in effect from 6:00 AM until 6:00 PM on Sunday for DOUGLAS, JEFFERSON, MORRIS, SHAWNEE, and WABAUNSEE Counties.**
Saturday starts out with plenty of sun, and we get back into the 60s for another above average, mild day. Cloud cover increases throughout the evening and tonight, all ahead of our next system that comes in Sunday.
This system has been watched closely the last few days, due to snow and wind potential. There are already Winter Storm Watches in place for much of the area for Sunday. The system races out of the rockies early tomorrow on its way to the area. Sunday morning, rain will enter the area from the west, and transition into snow. Snowfall on Sunday should be out by the afternoon.
Placement of the system in models has still come out with a degree of variability, meaning some models have it push further north than others. Because of this, snowfall totals are not the important thing to look at with this storm system. There are a few main takeaways to focus on. Firstly, our northern counties have the highest potential for heavy snowfall. Our central counties check to see a little less, with our southern counties seeing the least snow from this system.
The other very important factor with this system is its speed. Since it looks to be a quick mover, winds at the surface could be gusting 40+ mph out of the north. This means we don't get nice, slowly falling snow like we have the last few times it has snowed this year. High winds during light snowfall can create near whiteout conditions, and snow on the ground that is blowing around only adds to that. Tomorrow is looking like a less safe day to travel. If you are planning on traveling with the holiday weekend coming to a close, it would be safer to adjust your travel plans accordingly. The fewer cars on the road with bad visibility and snow, the better. Keep up with the Storm Track weather team as we guide you through the forecast over the weekend.
With high winds, tomorrow afternoon, temperatures will drop from the 30s into the 20s, and wind chills are forecast in the teens, so be prepared for a cold afternoon well after the snow moves out. Monday morning, lows drop into the teens and clouds move out of the area for the most part.
With cold air in place, we stay chilly, especially at the start of the work week with highs in the 30s and lows in the 20s. Wednesday, a few more clouds make their way in and we pop back into the low 40s for the remainder of the work week.
Thursday boasts our next shot at precipitation. A chance for showers to light snow is in the forecast Thursday, but this system is not a concern at this time like the one moving in tomorrow. Friday, a slight chance for a few showers stays with us as we head into the weekend.
MADISON (WKOW) – A strong winter storm will move into the Midwest, but because of it’s track, not everyone in southern Wisconsin will get snow.
The area of low pressure will pass through central Illinois on Sunday, keeping highest snow totals in the Rockford and Chicagoland areas.
Computer models are finally in agreement with this storm system’s track which means confidence has increased that Madison and areas to the north will receive little to no snow at all.
Meanwhile, a winter storm warning is in effect for Rock and Walworth counties in the WKOW area. Though, there will likely be a sharp contrast in snow totals from the north side of the counties to the south.
If you live along the Illinois border, you could receive up to 4″ of snow, while on the northern end of those counties, snow totals will be closer to an inch.
Winds will be a factor as well, significantly reducing visibility and causing blowing and drifting snow. Winds will gust out of the north up to 30 mph, so east-west roads will mainly be impacted.