Wisconsin Weather

Snowstorm heading for the Midwest this Weekend

By Justin Poublon
January 10, 2019 - 10:00 AM CST | 74   0

The Midwest from Missouri to Ohio will receive several inches of heavy snow on Saturday as a winter storm moves through the region. Wisconsin will miss out on most of it but could get clipped in the far south. Light snow will be possible in northeast Wisconsin.

500mb vorticity and heights show upper trough and associated low moving east across the midwest
500mb vorticity and heights show upper trough and associated low moving east across the midwest

The upper level wind pattern will keep this storm on an west to east track. The surface low is not particularly strong and will stay off to the south which means this storm is mostly the product of mid-upper level forcing. There will be plenty of cold air to produce snow across Illinois. A closer look at Wisconsin shows it will be a battle of dry and snow on the northern fringe of the storm. This boundary could shift slightly.

It will be a battle of dry air and snow on the northern fringe of the storm. This boundary could shift slightly.
It will be a battle of dry air and snow on the northern fringe of the storm. This boundary could shift slightly.

The graphic below is our latest regional snow forecast. Heavy snow across the Midwest with 8-12" possible in Missouri. Dry air will attempt to hold back the snow in southern Wisconsin and I think it will. Along the WI/IL border 0-1" of snow is possible and in northeast Wisconsin associated with a secondary piece of energy moving southeast. Lake effect snow looks to return to portions of Upper Michigan.

Heavy snow across the Midwest with 8-12
Heavy snow across the Midwest with 8-12" possible in Missouri. Dry air will hold back the snow in southern Wisconsin. Light snow possible in the northeast.

It's possible the storm track could change bringing more snow into Wisconsin but we haven't seen any strong signals of that on the models. I will let you know if anything changes!

What are the Midwest weather pages saying?

BAMwx.com led the charge on their update yesterday hinting at the potential for heavy snow. Please share their page with any family or friends you may have in the the area! They have more recent updates but I liked this one.

That's all for now. I will let you know if anything changes! Don't forget to share these pages with friends and family you might have in the area! You are supporting homegrown, local, passionate experts who work harder than anyone to keep you ahead of the storm! Thanks!

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