It is that time of the year again...the big kick off to the deer hunting season and one of the biggest stretches of travel days leading up to Thanksgiving. Needless to say, this also tends to be when there is some active weather across the western Great Lakes. This year we may actually get a break for those folks hitting the road before Thanksgiving. More on that in a bit.
Let's first focus on the nuisance snowfall event that will affect the northern half of Wisconsin from Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. Low pressure, developing along a slow moving front extending from Minnesota back into the lee of the Rockies on Friday Night, will track NE into Central Wisconsin by late Saturday afternoon. A bulk of the moisture associated with this low looks to be on the northern side of the storm, which in this case covers much of the Northwoods, while lighter, more showery type precipitation is expected south of highway 29. As for the northern tier, the snow should arrive during the early afternoon and be light to moderate in intensity through late Saturday night. The most accumulation looks to take place in NW Vilas County and extending back into the lake effect snow belts of Ashland and Iron Counties. Heading a bit farther south into Rhinelander, Phillips, Tomahawk and Laona, a plowable amount is anticipated by the time all is said and done. Then closer to the highway 29 corridor, a lighter, yet measurable amount is expected. Check out the snowfall map below.
There are a couple of complicating matters for parts of Central Wisconsin when it comes to precipitation type. Temperatures on Saturday are expected to top out in the mid to upper 30s, which in mainly instances would mean just rain showers. However, since dew point values are expected to be running in the upper 20s to just below 32, odds are that a mix of rain/sleet/snow and even freezing rain showers could be possible. Yes, with the chilly weather as of late, the ground has started to get colder, particularly on bridges and overpasses where icing tends to happen first. No less, be aware of this Saturday night from highway 29 to highway 10, that what may have been wet could turn a bit icy. Meantime, for those hunters that were interested in having snow for tracking, your wish should come true in the Northwoods. Just be careful traveling to and from your hunting post.
Monday through Thanksgiving on Thursday will feature fluctuations in temperatures, but it should be consistently dry across our region. Highs will go from the coolest points on Monday and Tuesday in the 30s, soaring through the 40s for Wednesday and Thanksgiving. There even is potential that some locales on Thanksgiving could climb into the 50s. That would certainly be a nice change of pace to the much colder and at times snowy conditions that have greeted us over the past few Turkey Days. All in all, the weather in the middle of the country should be great by car, train or air. However, New England down through the SE U.S. will be having wet weather between Tuesday and Wednesday. This doesn't tend to cause huge delays at the airports, but it could still back up things a bit. Interior parts of New England may even see this all end as a bit of snow Wednesday Night. Fortunately, those of you that will be catching the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York on NC 7, should be treated to bright conditions that morning, although it may be a bit breezy. We'll see as the time gets closer how that could affect those big balloons that are peppered throughout the parade.
Travel safely everyone!
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