FIRST ALERT DAY Tuesday: Roads could get messy

First snow of the season could cause travel headaches
Published: Nov. 13, 2022 at 5:00 AM CST
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Key Takeaways

  • Quiet tonight & Monday
  • Accumulating snow likely Tues & Wed
  • Even colder late week

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - After a little dose of snowfall yesterday, we’re in for another healthy dosing in the next couple of days.

Before then, we’ll see more cloudy and cool weather on Monday with highs in the mid and upper 30s.

Then all eyes are on Tuesday as a system brushes by to our south, bringing measurable snowfall to southern Wisconsin. Snow will begin to move in during the morning on Tuesday, lasting through Wednesday morning before tapering off through the day.

This means that snow will likely be falling for both the Tuesday morning and evening commutes on Tuesday, though I expect the evening commute to be a bit messier as snow more snow will be on the ground. Keep in mind that the ground is still warm enough to melt some of the snow initially, so that could create a layer of water turning to ice as temperatures get colder and the snow begins to stick. We have issued an Alert Day for Tuesday due to the impact on travel. You’ll want to give yourself plenty of time on the roads.

Ground temperatures are also something we have to consider when looking at snow totals. With this in mind, most of southern Wisconsin can expect to see about 1-2 inches of snow accumulate by Wednesday. Isolated pockets of 3″ totals are possible, especially further east. If the snow starts to stick a little sooner or later than anticipated, we’ll have to adjust these totals.

Once the snow moves out, much cooler air moves in. Highs will be down to the 20s Thursday through Saturday. Friday looks to be the chilliest day, with some locations topping out in the lower 20s.

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