Minor Thawing...New Years Storm

This December will go down as a memorable one in North Central Wisconsin.  The month started off with rather cold conditions, so chilly in fact that highs never made it into the 30s until the 21st.  Included in the mix was a major winter storm (which seems to be par for the course the last couple of years) dumping anywhere from 8 to 20" in the region.  As the month has entered the last week, we have gotten a break in the wild weather as just a few flurries were found around Christmas.

Now as we come down the home stretch of 2010, temperatures will actually run close to if not a little bit above average, while we finally string together a few days worth of sunshine.  However, don't get too used to the calm conditions, because another storm is in the works for the upcoming weekend.  Unlike many of the storms we have experienced as of late, this one is showing intentions of tracking either to the west or right over our area.  If this ends up being the case, odds favor precipitation on Thursday to initially start off as a period of snow or a wintry mix, changing over to rain later Thursday into the day on Friday.  However if cold enough air stays wedged into our neck of the woods, then there could be a longer period of sleet/freezing rain before we finally switch over to plain old rain showers.  Once again this storm will require a lot of attention as the week goes along and the computer guidance provides a more clear cut idea of the resulting track.

If that wasn't enough, there are a couple computer models trying to develop a secondary low in the wake of the first one, bring more precipitation our way for the 1st day of 2011.  Again the battle over where the rain/snow line will be located continues, and if a cold front pushes just to our east prior to the arrival of this next low, then we likely revert back to a mix or snow.  Lots of variables to be ironed out and we'll attempt to sort through it all.  Safe to say, there will be fluctuations in the storm track between now and late week, which means you might hear us say one thing one day and then the next it could be totally different.  Oh the joys of winter weather forecasting.  Just ask the folks on in Mid-Atlantic and Northeast who for days were hearing forecasts for the day after Christmas of either a potential for a lot of snow then no snow at all.  But when more weather data became available in relation to the storm and the start up time of the storm was in sight, the forecast turned back to a major storm with the potential of over a foot of snow in some locales.  In the end,  this part of the country appears to have ended up being blasted with a Nor'easter producing heavy snow & gusty winds in some of the big cities.  Merry Christmas, even if was too late for a white one in these places.

Travel safely in the days ahead, and be sure to check back in to our webchannel, facebook page, and 24/7 Weather Channel for the latest weather details.

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