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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Tue
Hi: 71
Lo: 62
Wed
Hi: 71
Lo: 60
Thu

Lo: 65
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Snow is coming, but not much

Snow is the one the way for tonight, but not much. It looks like we'll pick up an inch or two. Just a little more is possible well north of Milwaukee and Waukesha. For example, areas from Port Washington north to Sheboygan and West Bend north to Fond du Lac, could pick up 3 inches.

Start time on the snow will be 4-7 p.m. this evening. The snow will end between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m. Tuesday morning, but will be followed by periods of freezing drizzle. That could lead to slippery spots on roads and sidewalks for Tuesday morning rush hour. The temperature is expected to get above freezing by about 9 a.m. or so on Tuesday ending the threat for icing.

Another threat for snow is exists for Thursday Night and Friday. So far, though, there's no reason to believe this will be a big deal.

I'll keep an eye on it.

There's some degree of uncertainty with every snowstorm. But the degree of uncertainty this time around is nearly unprecedented.
There's some degree of uncertainty with every snowstorm. But the degree of uncertainty this time around is nearly unprecedented.

Saturday's snowfalls, predicted

Unprecedented is a pretty strong word. Yet, I tend to think it applies to the dramatic shifts in the information meteorologists have been receiving this week. The multiple computer projections of the track of the storm system that will affect us tomorrow have shown unusually wild swings.

Compounding the trouble is that the multiple computer projections have been unusually divergent. That is, they haven't been agreeing with each other. Even less than 24 hours prior to the start of the precipitation, these projections failed to come to a consensus.

With that as background, here is my county-by-county snow forecast based on the data available mid-day on Friday:

  • Milwaukee county: 3-6 inches
  • Waukesha county: 3-6 inches
  • Ozaukee county: 4-8 inches
  • Racine county: 3-5 inches
  • Kenosha county: 2-4 inches
  • Washington county: 6-10 inches
  • Jefferson county: 4-8 inches
  • Sheboygan county: 6-12 inches
  • Dodge county: 6-10 inches
  • Fond du Lac county: 8-12 inches

Unless the storm doesn't take the track that the current, less than certain information is pointing to. Then, all bets are off.

There's some degree of uncertainty with every snowstorm. But the degree of uncertainty this time around is nearly unprecedented.