Thursday, April 18, 2013
Flood watches and warnings are in effect throughout Southeastern Wisconsin, some lasting until Friday. Officials are keeping watch on area rivers as they continue to rise, approaching or surpassing flood stages.
The rain that just keeps coming is causing trouble throughout the Milwaukee area, from to sewage dumping. JSOnline has a roundup of road closures throughout the Milwaukee area. Travel Midwest has a congestion map that shows incidents and traffic speeds in the Milwaukee area. The Flood Watch for Southeastern Wisconsin through 9 p.m. Thursday evening and rainfall is expected to reach 4 inches in some areas. According to the Emergency Services Department, rivers will rise reaching a number of flood stages. Rivers that are already in flood stage will worsen, rising into moderate and major flood levels. Officials are watching the Rock, Fox, Root and Milwaukee Rivers as localized flooding caused concerns last week. The ground may be thawed, but …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Fox River in Waukesha has a flood stage above 6.1 feet.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Fox River in Waukesha until further notice. The flood stage was 6.1 feet as of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The warning will remain in effect until the river falls below the flood stage. At 6 feet water can spread into parks and lowland areas, according to the National Weather Service. There are no known flooding effects to homes or streets.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Forecasters are expecting as much as 3 inches of rain over the next few days, and concerns for flooding rise as the rain falls.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for portions of Southeast Wisconsin, including Dodge, Jefferson, Kenosha. Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties. According to Patch's media partners at WISN 12, the watch will be in effect from noon Tuesday to Friday morning. A series of low pressure systems are setting up along the jet stream, placing them directly over the area. Rainfall totals of 2 to 3 inches are forecast, and as the soil is already saturated or in some areas still frozen, runoff of moderate to heavy rainfall will cause many rivers to reach their banks with some reaching moderate flood stage. In addition roadways in low-lying areas typically susceptible to flooding should be …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
A third storm in as many weeks is proving to be difficult to forecast, and has been downgraded from a Winter Storm Warning to a Winter Weather Advisory in some parts; find out if your community will have less to shovel
This has been updated to reflect the downgrade of forecast in certain counties as of March 4, 3 p.m. According to Patch's media partners at WISN 12 News, the National Weather Service has now issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of southeastern Wisconsin from 6 a.m. Tuesday through midnight Tuesday. Milwaukee, Waukesha, and portions of Dodge County have been taken off of the Winter Storm Warning issued earlier, and Ozaukee County has been dropped altogether. However, Racine, Kenosha, Jefferson and Dodge County residents remain under the warning, with 4-8 inches forecast. If this sounds familiar, this is the third storm in as many weeks to barrel through the area during a winter that started off relatively warm and rainy. For those …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A powerful storm system that will start impacting the area with a mixed bag of sleet and freezing rain will give way to heavy snow on Thursday
It's almost funny to consider that a week ago you could've been running around in short sleeves outdoors. Since then, southeastern Wisconsin has seen subzero temps and a string of 'Alberta clippers' that have brought snow to the area every day except Wednesday — and the snow will return on Thursday. Patch's media partners at WISN have posted a Winter Storm Warning from the National Weather Service, which is expected to bring 4-8 inches of snow to the area. The forecasted storm for Thursday, however, will bring snow that's the wet and heavy variety. While it's sunny Wednesday, conditions will deteriorate later this evening, as sleet and freezing rain may mix with the snow from Jefferson County south to the Illinois border, with light ice …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Flooding rains are headed our way, changing to snow, so the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch this afternoon until later tonight, and a Winter Weather Advisory starting 6 a.m. Wednesday.
(This was updated to reflect the new advisory from the National Weather Service) The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch from 3 p.m. until later Tuesday night for Waukesha, Milwaukee, Rock, Walworth, Racine and Kenosha counties. Communities in southeastern Wisconsin saw 1/2- to 1-inch of rain fall overnight into Tuesday, with some areas seeing higher rain totals. Additional rain is expected this afternoon and ice jams could cause flooding. While the possible two inches of rain that could fall today isn't a ton of water, rapid runoff is expected because the ground is frozen and saturated. Some larger rivers can handle this rainfall, but small to medium rivers and streams will likely flood. This could cause flooding on some …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
It's not the snow totals to be overly concerned about from an approaching system, it's the potential for a coating of ice due to changing conditions.
Walking the line between frozen and liquid precipitation, an approaching storm system will bring just about everything on the lousy weather menu, and has prompted a winter weather advisory to be posted by the National Weather Service. The advisory begins Sunday at 2 p.m. and continues through midnight and affects all of southeastern Wisconsin. Sunday will start off with a short burst of snow, expected to bring about a half to an inch to the area, but as the afternoon approaches, the snow will transition to a sleet and freezing rain mix. It's that mix that has the greatest potential for hazardous conditions on the street, with as much as 0.15 inch of ice expected in some areas. As the evening progresses, it's expected that the increasing …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Let's face it, we've been a bit spoiled last winter and so far this winter. However, enjoy the 30 and 40 degree temps going into the weekend, because Sunday's serving up a dose of cold reality
According to the National Weather Service, the first half of our winter (Dec. 1 - Jan 15) has been much warmer than normal, with some areas of the state as much as six degrees above average temperatures. However, let's not get ahead of ourselves. There's still another half to go, and the coldest airmass of the season is poised to enter the Upper Midwest late this weekend and early next week. While Friday and Saturday's temps will hopefully help to melt that stubborn half inch of icy snow that fell about a week ago, Sunday will give way to an Arctic chill. This frigid airmass has been bottled up in Canada for much of this week, but it appears it will move into the area early next week bringing us the coldest temps of the winter so far. High…
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Despite the coldest temps of the season greeting us on the first morning of the new year, 2012 was officially the warmest year in recorded history for Milwaukee
As the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve, the horns and confetti could have been just as well for a historic record being broken. With an average temperature of 52, Milwaukee broke the all-time record for heat. That means in recorded history dating back to the late 1800s, no calendar year was warmer, according to the National Weather Service. Something to warm you up as you wake up to single-digit temperatures and belowe-zero wind chills on Jan. 1. Milwaukee had to reach a high temperature of 30 degrees with a low of 14 on Monday to break the record. Temperature sensors at Mitchell International Airport recorded a high of 33 at 6 a.m. and as the mercury dropped all day, the temperature was 14 just before midnight, allowing us to edge…
Monday, December 3, 2012
Things could get ugly tonight in southern Wisconsin and the National Weather Service says storms are a brewing, and they aren't ruling out a potential tornado.
Batten down the hatches tonight southern Wisconsin. According to the National Weather Service: An isolated threat for strong to severe storms with damaging winds and perhaps a brief tornado exists for southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois this evening. The primary threat is for damaging straight-line winds, but a brief tornado can't be ruled out according the The Storm Predication Center in Norman, OK. Unseasonably warm and humid air pushed north into southern Wisconsin in the early afternoon hours of December 3, 2012, which set the stage for thunderstorms. Here is the story: The Storm Prediction Center. Severe weather spotters should send severe weather reports via E-spotter, telephone, or Twitter. However, we may miss a report via …