Continued Mild...Brushing Up on Winter

I hope you have been enjoying the mild air that has been in place across the Wisconsin River Valley since last weekend.  As mentioned in my last blog, the jet stream has shifted into an upper level ridge in the western Great Lakes.  This leads to the warmer than average conditions in the region, but also has kept us fairly dry.  This trend should persist until about Thursday of this week, when the jet stream will begin to slip back to the south a bit, guiding in perhaps a few opportunities for wet weather.  Until then, highs Tuesday through Thursday should be into the 50s, if not taking a leap toward 60 at least one more time.

Meantime, this week is Winter Weather Awareness Week in Wisconsin.  This is our chance to help you brush up on some of those aspects of winter that you may have forgotten since the last significant snowfall.  From how best to drive in snowy and icy conditions, to when Wind Chill Advisories or Warnings are issued, to having a winter survival kit in your car, it all is sure to come in handy.  You can find out more details on this and much more during or weathercasts on Newschannel 7 this week, as well as on our 24/7 Weather Channel.  You can also check out the NWS Green Bay for even more info.  One question that we do get frequently is what the average snowfall numbers are in a given season.  Well, I took a few minutes to put together the info for Wausau and Rhinelander.

As you can see, last season in both locales featured just under 6" inches more than average and of course the month of December is when we got blasted with snow, setting a record for the most ever for that month.  This year, with an El Nino weather pattern set up, the odds favor less in the way of snow and perhaps milder than usual intervals in the temperature department.  Will we drop below zero?  Probably.  Will you still need to make use of the shovel, de-icer and snow blower?  Likely for the first two and perhaps for the last.  I know there are some folks out there that probably would like to only use the broom or shovel to clear off the driveway and sidewalk, but I can't rule out that storm that makes the snow blower a necessity.  No less, they are all  tools of the trade for winter in the Badger State.  As the winter season settles into our area, we'll have plenty of additional opportunities to remind you about preparing for the next snow producer or cold blast of air.  Nevertheless, it's always good to have what you need on hand before everyone rushes out to the store and supplies become scare.


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