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Updated: 08/04/2011 -
The trend over the past few weeks in the western Great Lakes has been either for storm systems to tracking to our west, leaving the region in the "mild" sector with some rain, or taking a southerly route, splitting the area with the "have" and "have nots" of snow.
The weather maker working from the western Plains toward the Ohio River Valley from Saturday through Monday appears to once again take the weather highway eastbound. This means that again, the farther south one is in the Badger State, the better the odds that you'll be running into measurable, if not a significant snowfall Sunday.
Let's spell out what the time line is on this storm. Clouds will be overspreading the state Saturday afternoon and evening, with the first vestiges of precipitation arriving in southern and western Wisconsin toward midnight. This may start off as a mix or rain in this area, but cooler air should work in, causing a changeover to snow on Sunday morning. As daylight breaks on Sunday, snow should to be falling from about highway 10 on south, with perhaps snow showers sneaking as far north as Wausau. Winds will also be noticeable throughout the day, and continuing into Monday out of the north to northwest. Nevertheless, snow will persist in the southern third of the state into the evening, before tapering off later Sunday night. By the time all is said and done with the snow, anywhere from a dusting to an inch is possible in Wausau, with perhaps 2-4" for Stevens Point and Wisconsin Rapids, over to Clintonville, while 3-6" could fall in Necedah, Wild Rose, and Adams. I do believe there will be higher amounts toward Wisconsin Dells, Fond du Lac, Madison, Sheboygan and near Milwaukee. Overall, travel on Sunday in this part of the state will not be recommended.
Fortunately, whatever snow does fall should melt within a couple of days as sunshine returns to the region by Tuesday and Wednesday. I'll continue to keep you updated with the forecast this weekend on the weather page and on our 24/7 weather channel.
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