As we work our way through the last full week of December and the first days officially of winter, the landscape across the region resembles a winter wonderland. Outdoor winter enthusiasts can rejoice over the fact that much of the Wisconsin River Valley has received appreciable amounts of snow, along with cold air to keep the white stuff around. However, as has been the trend as of late, more storms are in the works. The next two on the agenda are for late Monday night into Tuesday and Tuesday night into Wednesday afternoon. Storm #1 will overspread much of the area with anywhere from 2-4" of snow by Tuesday afternoon as low pressure tracks from the central plains toward Lake Superior. The second storm will be lagging behind by just a little bit, picking up some moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, before it rambles northeast through Illinois into eastern lower Michigan. The tracks of these lows are the key to who and how much snow falls in our area, and the differences are subtle. Nevertheless, storm #2 (the Tuesday night-Wednesday system) looks to end up producing some additional accumulating snow to the south and east of Wausau in our viewing area. The estimate on this one looks to be on range of 1-3" for folks in Wisconsin Rapids, Stevens Point, Adams-Friendship, Wild Rose and Shawano, with lesser amounts in Wausau and adjacent locales in just to the north. At the very least, temperatures as the week goes along will inch closer to what's considered more seasonable in the 20s and even 30s by just after Christmas.
However, before you break out the "light" winter jacket, the next storm system is forecast to take a more westerly track from the southern Rockies, up into either the Dakotas or Minnesota for Friday into Saturday. That places us on the warm side of the storm and gives us the possibility of initially seeing snow Christmas Night, followed by a mix to rain situation on Friday and then Saturday rain turning back over to snow as low pressure rumbles into Canada. A messy scenario to say the least, and a storm which we will be monitoring closely, along with the others in the days ahead. If this late week trend holds up, I don't think all of our snow will disappear, but it could melt a small chunk of it.
Travel safely everyone and Happy Holidays!!
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