Major Winter Storm Begins Sunday Night; Record-Setting Cold to Follow

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for southern Wisconsin until 6 p.m. Monday evening.

A major winter storm moves in this evening through Monday with all of southern Wisconsin seeing 6 + inches of snow. East central WI could see 10-14 inches . Gusty wind will cause blowing and drifting snow into Wednesday keeping roads treacherous. Bitterly cold air arrives Tuesday and lingers through Friday. Temperatures are likely to remain below zero from Monday night through Friday morning, especially away from the effects of Lake Michigan. These cold temperatures will combine with a westerly breeze to produce minimum wind chill values of -35 to -50 Tuesday night through Thursday morning.

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The Milwaukee Public Schools are closed for Monday, January 28.

Winter Storm Warning In Effect From Tonight through Monday

Snow moves in from the west this evening and will gradually end late Monday morning (west) and Monday afternoon (east). 7 to 14 inches of snow is expected. The lower totals will be across southwestern Wisconsin and the higher totals across east central portions of the state. Wind gusts 25-30 mph will cause considerable blowing and drifting snow Monday afternoon and after the snow ends, especially across east central Wisconsin.

The snow will push in from the west very quickly this evening. It should reach the Madison area by 7-8 pm and the Milwaukee area 9-10 pm.

Snow is expected to spread across southern Wisconsin this evening, continue through the night and gradually end from west to east Monday. Snowfall rates of 1 to 2” per hour are possible at times from midnight to 9 AM Monday morning. The majority of snow will fall during this time. Hazardous travel conditions are expected tonight into Monday due to the heavy snow and gusty wind causing blowing and drifting snow that will continue into Tuesday. As temperatures fall Monday evening/night, road treatments will become less effective.

Most of southern WI has a 60-80% chance of seeing at least 8 inches. East central WI has a 30-40% chance of seeing at least 12 inches.

Bitterly Cold Temperatures and Wind Chills This Week

Extremely cold air arrives behind Monday’s snow. Once temperatures fall below zero Monday night, they will likely not rise back above zero until Friday. Tuesday night through Wednesday night will be the coldest period. Daytime highs on Wednesday will be around -15. Overnight lows are forecast to be -20 to -28 Tuesday and Wednesday nights. These bitterly cold temperatures will combine with a westerly breeze of 5 to 15 mph to produce minimum wind chill values of -35 to -50. Temperatures and wind chill values may be marginally warmer immediately along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

All Photos/Video: National Weather Service Milwaukee

All Text: National Weather Service Milwaukee

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