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National Weather Service Outlook for Wednesday, January 8th for Milwaukee, Chicago, Indianapolis and Michiana Brought to You by Tiger Plumbing

National Weather Outlook

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National Weather Discussion

  • Frontal system spreads cooler temperatures and precipitation from west
    to east Wednesday and Thursday
  • Light snow expected for the Great Lakes region to Northeast today

A low pressure system is forecast to track across the Northern Rockies to Northern Plains today, moving into the Upper Midwest on Thursday. This will sweep a cold front across the western and central U.S. ahead of an upper-level trough. Today, snow is likely for the Northwest, with some lower elevation rain continuing for the Pacific Northwest. Tonight into
Thursday, another surface low will move southeastward into California, helping cause additional lower elevation rain and higher elevation snow in much of the West. Snowfall totals over the next two days could approach a foot in the Cascades, Northern Rockies, and into the Tetons/Wind River Mountains. Avalanche Warnings are in place for northern Idaho and far northwestern Montana due to the recent high snow totals. Lighter
precipitation is forecast for California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest.

As the cold front progresses into the central U.S. on Thursday, showers and thunderstorms will begin ramping up ahead of the front as moisture returns from the Gulf of Mexico. Some locations from the Lower/Middle Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley could receive up to an inch of rain through Friday morning, but heavier precipitation will continue into the
weekend. The cold front will lead to cooler than average temperatures for the West Coast to the Rockies by Thursday. Much warmer than average temperatures are forecast in the Central/Southern Plains and Middle/Lower Mississippi Valley both today and Thursday, and the Upper Midwest to Great Lakes region should warm up significantly on Thursday after a chilly day today.

Farther east, a frontal system is expected to pass through the Lower Great Lakes to Northeast, leading to some snow there today. Snow totals should remain light. Elsewhere, fire weather conditions are expected to be elevated across portions of the Southern/Central Plains today and Thursday with gusty winds and dry conditions.

Milwaukee

The colder conditions will continue on today. Warmer temperatures return on Thursday and Friday . We’ll be keeping an eye on a storm system for the weekend, which will pass by to the southeast. This system may bring accumulating snow and wintry weather back to southern Wisconsin, beginning Friday night. All weekend travelers should keep up to date on the forecast for the weekend.
A pair of low pressure systems passing to the south and east of Wisconsin Friday night into Saturday night may bring accumulating snow and a wintry mix to southern Wisconsin, although considerable uncertainty continues on the strength and track of these systems. Weekend travelers will want to stay up to date with the latest forecast for the weekend.
Milwaukee Live Radar

Chicago

We are continuing to monitor the potential for wintry weather, possibly significant, late Friday through Saturday night. At this time, accumulating ice and or snow is possible across at least portions of the area. However, large uncertainty remains with the track and strength of the storm system, which will ultimately determine snow and ice accumulations and what areas are affected. In addition, there will be strong northerly winds, especially on Saturday and Saturday night, which could increase the potential winter impacts as well as possibly result in some lakeshore flooding. Be sure to keep up to date with the latest forecast updates.
Highs today closer to normal in the upper 20s to around 30 degrees. Wind chills in the single digits to near 0 are expected early this morning. Our next weather system moves in on Thursday bringing windy, mild, and rainy conditions to the area. Although there is still some uncertainty with the next system after that for this weekend, the potential for an accumulating wintry mix and/or snow is increasing Friday night through Saturday night. In addition, heavy rainfall is also possible, mainly south of I-80.
Strong and gusty west northwest winds will drive wave action after midnight tonight through Wednesday morning across the shoreline of Porter County. These high waves will exacerbate ongoing erosion in the area and may lead to additional lakeshore flooding overnight. Avoid flood prone areas along the lakeshore as a result.
Chicago Radar

Indianapolis

Dry today. Windy and much warmer Thursday with rain starting Thursday evening, warm temperatures and heavy rain for Friday and Saturday. Now is the time to review flood preparedness and safety: http://www.weather.gov/flood #inwx
Indianapolis Radar

Michiana

A strong storm system will bring widespread heavy rains and likely flooding late this week. Stay tuned!
Michiana Radar


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