This week we will certainly be on the weather roller coaster. We started off at a peak this past weekend, when temperatures were well into the 70s, then the precipitous drop happened as the mercury fell back to the 30s and 40s, along with ::gasp::: several inches of wet snow in Northwoods. It was certainly good after a two week stretch of dry weather, that some rain did finally fall in the region. However, with the blast to the past of more snow, I'm sure some people were on edge that winter won't go away. Of course, it all comes with the territory of North Central Wisconsin.
We have had many instances over the years of late season snowfalls, sometimes just a couple of inches and other occasions when it's necessary to drag the shovel out for one last farewell tour around the driveway. Over 8" of snow fell in eastern Vilas County on Monday and then as slightly chillier air filtered southward Monday night, a little more than half of the region saw those flakes add up on the ground. This is the same storm system that dropped 2 to 3 feet of snow around Denver and also has produced several rounds of severe weather in the Southern Plains and Mid-Atlantic states. Nevertheless, what goes down this time of year will eventually come back up, and that ride of the roller coaster will go back up the incline for the second half of the week with highs in the 50s on Wednesday and into the 70s before the work week is said and done. Ahh, back to what lovely spring weather.
The flip side to our wintry start to the week could be the chance of some thunderstorms by late week in the Wisconsin River Valley. UPDATE: Based on the latest trends, severe storms producing hail and perhaps damaging winds are possible late Friday afternoon into Friday night as a cold front slowly slides to the south. Be sure to tune in to our 24/7 weather channel and check out our live video link on the webchannel for updates throughout the day on Friday.
With this week being Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week, you'll be hearing all about how you should prepare and react when nasty storms and tornadoes ravage through the area. I'll go more into depth on some steps you can take here on the blog in the coming weeks, certainly in advance of a big severe storm outbreak, which odds are will probably take place some time in June.
In the meantime, enjoy the warm spring weather and make the most of Earth Day on the 22nd! Also be sure to check out Attacks of Nature reported by our very own Liz Hayes in the Special Sections column on the home page of our webchannel about the types of severe weather we experience here in the Wisconsin River Valley.
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