Wisconsin Weather

Winter To Make Fierce Return

By Justin Poublon
January 12, 2019 - 10:30 AM CST | 245   0

Winter began early. In the month of November. In December the pattern flipped to warmth lasting to the present. Winter will make a fierce return during the coldest time of the year this January and is expected to last through February. I predict January will end distinctly colder than it began. The snow part may take some time but there are chances coming up.

The return starts with cooling temperatures

CPC forecast temperatures probability for the 6-10 period. In the 8-14 day timeframe temperatures cool further across the great lakes.
CPC forecast temperatures probability for the 6-10 period. In the 8-14 day timeframe temperatures cool further across the great lakes.

Beginning on or after January 18 - from late January through February - it will be mostly average to below average temperatures with a handful of warmer days, similar to November. This is during the coldest time of the year historically. Exact temperature depends on your location (north or south) but generally teen and single digit highs will be more common. The Climate Prediction Center supports our forecast for the 6-14 day period.

Snow Probably Not Right Away

Many would hope dumps of snow would accompany the returning cold but I believe it will be a gradual increase in snow cover. I expect snow to dump across the Midwest or eastern United States to get it first. I can't rule out a big storm in late January somewhere in Wisconsin. Models do show the possibility of a major storm next weekend to the south. I tend to think the snow will come secondary and gradually increase in February. It could come with multiple clipper-type systems in northwest flow? We'll see and this aspect of the long term forecast is still evolving. Just stay patient.

CPC precipitation forecast for the 6-10 day period.
CPC precipitation forecast for the 6-10 day period.

Long Term Thoughts

If February is frigid, expect a cold start to March. Somewhere in there we could have a major blizzard or two. We're just getting started my friends.

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