FIRST ALERT DAY: Despite record high temps, a few strong storms possible
Cold front brings thunderstorms and big temperature drop
- Isolated thunderstorms this afternoon
- Some storms could produce strong wind gusts
- Turning much colder after today
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Today is a First Alert Weather Day as we’re monitoring a cold front that will impact southern Wisconsin this afternoon and evening. Showers and a few thunderstorms will develop along that cold front, and a few of those storms could produce some strong wind gusts of 50-60 mph. The highest potential for some of those stronger storms is for locations to the west of Madison.
However, before the storms arrived, southern Wisconsin reached record high temperatures. In fact, by 10 a.m., the record for November 10 was snapped when the thermometer reached 68° and was still on the way up. The forecasted high for the day is 73°.
A large cold air mass follows right behind the cold front: temperatures will drop from the 70s this afternoon to the low 30s by tomorrow morning. The rain will wrap up overnight but could turn into a few snowflakes by around 3 AM as temperatures cool. The morning commute on Friday should be dry, but a few slick spots are possible on roadways and sidewalks.
Temperatures don’t really improve much over the next 7-day. Highs will remain in the 30s, with overnight lows in the 20s (maybe teens for some).
We could see a few flurries on Saturday, and a few additional snow showers on Tuesday. At the time, it doesn’t look like anything to get too excited about but we’ll continue to keep an eye on the snowfall potential over the next few days.
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