Blizzard Across Southern Wisconsin Will Persist Through This Morning (Updated 6:45 am)
A very strong area of low pressure tracking across Ohio into the eastern Great Lakes today will continue to wreak havoc on the Midwest. This track will continue to bring a swath of heavy snow across mainly far southeast Wisconsin through the morning hours today, with light to moderate snow across the rest of south central and southeast Wisconsin. Total snow accumulations from this system will range from 5 to 10 inches near the Wisconsin Dells, to 18 to 24 inches across the Racine and Kenosha areas. The heaviest snow will be in far southeast Wisconsin, near Lake Michigan, and across portions of south central Wisconsin from Madison southwestward.
In addition to the heavy snow, sustained north winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts to 50 mph, will continue to result in blizzard conditions across south central and southeast Wisconsin. The strong winds and dangerous conditions will persist through at least late this morning. Severe blowing and drifting will continue to occur, with whiteout conditions in open, exposed areas. Drifts of 5 to 10 feet are likely in most areas, with 10 to 15 foot drifts possible in the far southeastern parts of Wisconsin.
This is a major storm for most of southern Wisconsin. Treacherous and life-threatening travel conditions will exist over parts of the area through at least late this morning.
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Lake Michigan Shoreline Area
Below is an image showing the forecasted waves heights, in feet, on Lake Michigan as of 10 am Wednesday, February 2, 2011. Some coastal flooding is possible along the west shore of Lake Michigan from Sheboygan south to northern Illinois. Ice along the shoreline, especially from Wind Point south to Chicago, will lessen the impact of the large waves. However, some of the ice will likely break up and be shoved toward the shoreline.
If you experience any flooding - please contact our webmaster and give us an idea of the severity and extent of coastal flooding, if at all.