Madison is as close as we’ve come to Victoria-Weather headquarters in a while, and we’re here just in time for one of the biggest travel times of the year.
At 653PM, CT, Madison was reporting a temperature of 31 degrees with overcast skies. A steady south wind was bringing slightly warmer air to the north, and a thick layer of clouds suggests that the temperatures won’t be dropping much, if at all, overnight. There is a little bit of precipitation being detected on radar, mostly north of Madison, which is likely falling as a snow/sleet mix. Expect that sloppiness to continue for a short while tonight, clearing before travelers really get underway tomorrow morning.
A trough moving through the Canadian Prairies is going be forced away from the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes through the day tomorrow by a very strong upper level ridge. The ridge will flatten through Friday with a fairly strong ripple moving across the northern flank, with an associated cold front sinking towards Madison by Friday evening. Similar tonight, there will be spots of precipitation, but in Madison, any wet weather will likely be a spit of light rain.
Tomorrow – Mostly sunny, especially in the afternoon, High 42, Low 30
Friday – increasing clouds, but near record warmth and with a touch of drizzle late, High 52, Low 32
TWC: Tomorrow – Partly cloudy skies. High 44, Low 29
Friday – Sunshine and clouds mixed.High 56, Low 31
AW: Tomorrow – Partly sunny and not as cold High 44, low 27
Friday – Some sun, then turning cloudy, windy and mild High 56, Low 33
NWS: Tomorrow – Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, High 44, Low 29
Friday – Mostly sunny,High 59, Low 33
WB: Tomorrow – Sunny, High 42, Low 30
Friday – Partly sunny, High 53, Low 32
WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy, High 44, Low 29
Friday – Partly cloudy, High 59, Low 33
FIO: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy until morning.High 44, Low 30
Friday – Breezy starting in the morning, continuing until afternoon, and partly cloudy starting in the morning. High 58, Low 35
I’m the only one worried about the boundary bringing any precipitation. What can I say, I’m a nervous nelly. Here is the radar, showing some spots of precipitation around Wisconsin.