Another major winter storm is taking aim at southern Wisconsin Monday night into Tuesday, with snow totals approaching 10 inches in some areas, continuing the area’s recent stretch of miserable weather, according to forecasters.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 9 p.m. Monday through all of Tuesday for most of south-central Wisconsin and a winter weather advisory for the time frame for Rock, Jefferson and Walworth counties.
The snow is expected to move into the state from southwest to northeast on Monday evening, with the heaviest snow falling from midnight through 9 a.m. Tuesday, accompanied by winds gusting to 30 miles per hour. The Weather Service said snow totals should reach 6 to 9 inches from south-central to central to east-central Wisconsin, where some lake enhancement may occur. Southeast Wisconsin is expected to see 3 to 6 inches of snow.
The storm should finally push Madison above the normal totals for snow after a very quiet start to winter. For meteorological winter (December through February), Madison has received 27.3 inches, 3.1 inches below normal, and for the snow season (since July 1), Madison has received 30.7 inches, 3.8 inches below normal.
The winds are forecast to pick back up Tuesday evening, with blowing and drifting snow Tuesday night into Wednesday morning causing widespread travel impacts.
Travel is expected to be very difficult, the Weather Service said. The latest state road conditions are available by calling 511 or going to the state’s road conditions website.
On Monday in Madison, look for scattered flurries before 8 a.m., cloudy skies, a high near 29 and east winds at 5 to 15 mph, the Weather Service said.
The snow is expected to fall mainly after 8 p.m. Monday before tapering off later on Tuesday, with possible totals of 2 to 4 inches overnight Monday into Tuesday and 1 to 3 inches during the day on Tuesday in Madison.
Look for an overnight low around 28, a high Tuesday near 30, and a low overnight Tuesday into Wednesday near 24, with east winds around 15 mph and gusting as high as 25 mph overnight, east winds at 10 to 15 mph turning out of the northwest on Tuesday afternoon, and northwest winds around 15 mph and gusting as high as 30 mph overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.
The Weather Service said after a quiet Wednesday, chances for snow return starting Thursday at 30 percent, Thursday night and Friday at 70 percent, Friday night at 30 percent, and Saturday night at 20 percent.
Skies over Madison should be mostly sunny Wednesday, cloudy Thursday and Friday, mostly sunny Saturday, and partly sunny Sunday, with highs near 24, 28, 21, 18 and 18, and overnight lows around 11, 20, 8 and 6.
27 Storm Track meteorologist Branden Borremans forecasts snow developing Monday evening, possibly mixing with freezing rain in far southern and southeast Wisconsin, and continuing into Tuesday before ending in the evening, with totals of 4 to 7 inches south and southeast of the Madison area, 5 to 8 inches in the Madison area, and 7 to 10 inches north and northwest of the Madison area.
Borremans said light mixed precipitation is possible later on Thursday, light snow possible overnight, and snow possible Friday before quiet weather takes over.
Skies over Madison should be cloudy Monday and Tuesday, partly sunny Wednesday, mostly cloudy Thursday, cloudy Friday, mostly sunny Saturday, and partly sunny Sunday and next Monday, with highs near 29, 29, 25, 29, 25, 18, 20 and 15, and overnight lows around 27, 13, 11, 24, 8, 3, 4 below and 8.
Sunday’s high in Madison was 27 at 4:57 p.m., 3 degrees below the normal high and 27 degrees below the record high of 54 for Feb. 10, set in 2009.
Sunday’s low in Madison was 18 at 12:28 a.m., 4 degrees above the normal low and 43 degrees above the record low of 25 below for Feb. 10, set in 1899.
Officially, 0.07 inches of precipitation was recorded at the Dane County Regional Airport on Sunday, boosting Madison’s February total to 0.83 inches, 0.38 inches above normal. The meteorological winter (December through February) precipitation total (rain plus snow converted to liquid) rose to 5.49 inches, 2.07 inches above normal. Madison’s 2019 precipitation total rose to 3.39 inches, 1.71 inches above normal.
Madison’s record precipitation for Feb. 10 is 0.65 inches in 2013.
The 0.9 inches of snow on Sunday boosted Madison’s February total to 1.7 inches, 2.3 inches below normal. For meteorological winter, Madison has received 27.3 inches, 3.1 inches below normal. For the snow season (since July 1), Madison has received 30.7 inches, 3.8 inches below normal.
Madison’s record snowfall for Feb. 10 is 6.1 inches in 1959.