More Wintry Weather

So if you thought with spring being a mere week or so away that you could put the shovel and snow blower in hibernation, I'm sorry to say we've still got a way to go. This second week of March started off with a bang on Sunday as folks south and east of Wausau picked up anywhere from 2 to 7 inches of snow. Down in La Crosse and Wisconsin Dells, there was not only a soaking of rain, but also a tenth to quarter inch of ice, followed by a bit of snow to top it all off.

Our next storm system rolling through for Tuesday into Wednesday will include the Northwoods in the wacky weather. In contrast to the many storms this season that have brought primarily snow our way, this one is taking a more westerly course, placing us on the warm side of the storm. Initially, it won't seem that way as a mix of light freezing rain and sleet overspreads the area Tuesday morning. Fortunately, this won't last all day, and by the midday or early afternoon hours, milder air should filter in, changing everything over to rain showers. In case this wasn't enough variety for you, then a sharp cold front will blast through the Wisconsin River Valley Tuesday night, ushering in not only arctic air, but also blustery winds and a period of snow north and west of Wausau. I expect at least a minor accumulation to the north late Tuesday night into Wednesday, however there may be even more in the lake effect snow belts. The worst of the weather will be occurring in far NW Wisconsin and Minnesota where heavy snow and blizzard conditions are likely.

The middle of the week will resemble more of early February than that of March as temps are below zero at night and struggle get out of the teens by day. There is hope at the end of this cold and unsettled weather pattern. High pressure should build in by the later stages of the week, allowing for readings to rebound closer to seasonal levels and perhaps a string of some sunny days. March 20th is when the vernal equinox bring on the green grass and blooming flowers!


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