A cold front has passed through Wisconsin, and it will make for a chilly start to the weekend. However, we will also see much milder air arriving by the end of the weekend. We will also see a chance for several inches of snow early next week.
Saturday: Rather sunny and cool.
High: 17 Wind: NW 10-15, becoming SW
Saturday night: Partly cloudy.
Low: 17 (temperatures rising overnight)
Sunday: Variablely cloudy and warmer.
Skies will clear on Friday evening, and because of that, temperatures will plummet, falling below zero in most places. A wind chill advisory is in effect for much of north-central Wisconsin (Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage and Wood counties) until 8:00 a.m. Temperatures will remain colder for most of Saturday, despite mostly sunny skies. Highs will be in the lower and mid teens, with upper teens possible in the evening – our hottest temperature will likely come late in the evening. Temperatures will continue to climb Saturday evening, paving the way for a mild Sunday. Highs will climb into the upper 30s in many places, and a few places, especially south of Hwy 29, could hit the 40s.
The warm-up will only last one day, however, as we will cool down again on Monday. The peaks will reach the middle and upper part of the teenage years. Snow will also develop throughout the day, with light snow early. Snow will then become heaviest Monday evening through Monday evening, with several inches of snow possible through Tuesday. Tuesday’s highs will also reach the top of the average in the late teens.
All snow should disappear by Wednesday morning, and we will clear gradually throughout the day. We will remain cooler though, with highs again in the mid to upper teens. Clouds will rise again on Thursday and we may see a few flurries Thursday evening through Friday morning. We will also remain cooler, with highs again in the mid to upper teens on Thursday and Friday.
Have a wonderful weekend! Meteorologist Brad Miller, 5:30 p.m., February 18, 2022
*February 18 in weather history:
1899 – As much of the central and eastern United States recovered from the most severe cold spell in modern history, the temperature in San Francisco soared to 80 degrees to set a record for the month of February. (David Ludlum)
1988 – Thunderstorms flooded the central Gulf Coast region with heavy rain. Totals in southern Louisiana ranged as high as 8.50 inches near the town of Ridge, with 6.55 inches in Plaguemine. Thunderstorms in North Florida inundated Apalachicola with 5.41 inches of rain in 24 hours and produced wind gusts to 75 mph in Mayo. (National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)