Off to the Dairy State, where they will be playing a little football a couple hours to the north this evening. But what of Milwaukee?
At 1052AM, CT, Milwaukee was reporting a temperature of 69 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. There was rain peaking into the radar imagery over central Illinois, and there was a little bit of lingering shower activity from a band of showers that has moved into Lake Michigan, lying northwest of town. A sharp upper level is sweeping into the Upper Midwest, and has already started to produce heavy rain in the mid-Mississippi Valley, which is what is being hinted at in the southwestern part of the radar.
Heavy rain will continue to build from the southwest, arriving in the Milwaukee area this evening, with scattered showers possible through the afternoon. The Low itself will enhance the rain and introduce a little bit of vorticity, which may in turn lead to a few funnels but otherwise won’t mean severe weather. Heavy rain will fall through the night, accompanied by some breezy conditions and the potential for flash flooding. Rain will lighten up by noon tomorrow, and temperatures will really cool off. While some snow will be possible to the northwest of Milwaukee, it seems unlikely that there will be any flurries in town thanks to the clouds that will be present all day. In short, temepratures won’t cool off fast enough. That said, the cold air will continue to spill in overnight Friday into Saturday, and an inverted trough riding the cold air but appended to the area of low pressure will bring a much better chance for snow on Saturday. Friday’s temperatures will be completely non-standard, with midnight highs and lows.
Tomorrow – Rain, especially early, High 64 Low 44
Saturday – Rain, with some snow mixing in early, High 47, Low 37
TWC: Tomorrow – AM Rain High 65, Low 43
Saturday – Showers, High 50, Low 38
AW: Tomorrow – Occasional rain in the morning; otherwise, mostly cloudy, breezy and cooler High 65, Low 46
Saturday – Mostly cloudy, windy and colder with a brief shower or two High 49, Low 39
NWS: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers. Cloudy, High 66, Low 46
Saturday – A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy, High 50, Low 41
WB: Tomorrow – A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1pm. Mostly cloudy High 66, Low 48
Saturday – Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of light rain showers High 50, Low 42
WN: Tomorrow – Mostly cloudy with scattered showers, High 61, Low 46
Saturday – Mostly Cloudy with Scattered Showers, High 48, Low 43
Weathernation’s Hourly forecasting remains an unmitigated disaster. It took me a while to figure out that their hourly forecast began 24 hours from now. Why? What? At least, those were the numbers that made sense, otherwise their current forecast was already 13 degrees off. Very strange. Here is the radar imagery that I alluded to earlier.