Update: 4:48 p.m. Saturday
The latest from the WTMJ Storm Team on the storm hitting Southeastern Wisconsin…maybe not as much of a snow event as was previously thought. Jesse Ritka with the update:
Update: 8:24 a.m. Saturday
“Stay indoors if you can.”
The words of WTMJ Storm Team Meterologist Elissia Wilson after the first round of this weekend’s winter storm.
“Overnight most our area had rain and a wintry mix at times, farther north it’s been light snow and breezy conditions with temperatures in the low to mid 30s,” said Wilson.
“This Saturday morning will begin with a wintry mix/light snow and temperatures will continue to fall into the upper 20s and lower 30s. After 2pm moderate to heavy snow will spread from south to north across southeast Wisconsin. Expect gusty winds up to 40+ mph throughout the day and temperatures to hold steady in the upper 20s and lower 30s. The bulk of the accumulating snow will occur tonight with heavy snow and blizzard conditions; expect lows in the teens. We are still on track to pick up 6-10” of total snowfall across the area. The snow will taper off early Sunday morning. The balance of the day will be mostly cloudy, breezy and cold with highs in the mid to upper 20s.”
Numerous crashes have closed freeways and roads due to the conditions. One crash involving a semi has closed all of I-43 northbound at Good Hope Road. Another crash led to the closure of I-41 northbound.
More than 4,300 We Energies customers have lost power as well due to the storm.
Update 2:02 p.m.
The Winter Storm Warning has been redefined for Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties
– Winter Weather Advisory: Friday 8 p.m.- Saturday 12 p.m.
– Winter Storm Warning: Saturday 12 p.m.-Sunday 6 p.m.
Update: 1:35 p.m.
“We’re just about to get walloped.” – Mayor Tom Barrett. Watch his city snow preparation conference below.
Update: 8:30 a.m. Friday
The WTMJ Storm Team’s Brian Niznansky gives us the latest.
Update: 4:10 a.m. Friday
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued from: 7 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday for Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, Waukesha, Jefferson, Milwaukee, Washington, and Ozaukee Counties
A Winter Storm Watch for Dodge, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan Counties will go into effect 12 p.m. Saturday and last until 6 a.m. Sunday
Brian Niznansky of TODAY’s TMJ4 says: This storm likely hits in two separate waves. The first wave arrives this evening after 7 p.m. with a heavy wintry mix. Much of the area should wake up to 2-4″ of snow by Saturday morning and maybe up to a 1/4″ of ice! It still looks like there may be a lull in the action Saturday morning, before the second wave of this storm arrives Saturday afternoon. This second wave will be mainly snow and heavy at times. The worst time to travel is likely Saturday evening. When it’s all said and done, most of you will probably be shoveling 6-10″ of total snow. Some locally higher amounts are possible from Milwaukee and Northwest, and lesser amounts towards the state line.
UPDATE: 3:13 p.m. Thursday
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued from:
– 9 p.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday for Milwaukee, Waukesha, Kenosha, Racine and Walworth Counties
– 12 p.m. Saturday until 6 p.m. Sunday for Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Ozaukee and Washington Counties
Up to 10 inches-plus of snow are possible.
Meteorologists around Southeastern Wisconsin are preparing for the possibility of major snowfall this weekend.
WTMJ Storm Team Meterologist Brian Niznansky says up to nine inches of snow could fall between Friday night and late Saturday.
“We are closely monitoring the storm system for this weekend and things seem to be ramping up with the bulk of the snow coming in later,” said Niznansky.
“There will be a chance for snow or wintry mix Friday night and into Saturday morning with 1-2″ of accumulation possible.”
The latter hours of Saturday should bring the largest snowfall.
“The main part of this system moves in late Saturday. Much of southeastern Wisconsin could see over 6 inches of snow with this second round.”