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National Weather Service Outlook for Friday, January 10th for Milwaukee, Chicago, Indianapolis and Michiana Brought to You by Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys


National Weather Outlook

National Radar Mosaic
Friday – Saturday Excessive Rainfall Outlook

National Weather Discussion

  • There is a moderate risk of excessive rainfall over parts of Southern Plains, Middle Mississippi Valley, and Lower Mississippi Valley along with Moderate risk of severe thunderstorms over parts of the Southern Plains/Lower Mississippi Valley
  • Heavy snow and rain/freezing rain for parts of the Great Lakes and Upper/Middle Mississippi Valley
  • Temperatures will be 10 to 25 degrees above average over the Southern Plains/Lower Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley/Great Lakes
  • Heavy snow once again possible in higher elevations of the Northwest

A deep trough over the Rockies will move eastward to the Lower Great Lakes by Sunday. Along the associated front heavy rain will develop from parts of the Southern Plains northeastward to the Great Lakes producing 1 to 3 inches. Due to the slow progression of this system, storm motion will be slow and expected to track over the sames area. This will become become problematic as soils become saturated. A moderate risk of excessive rainfall is forecast over parts of Eastern Oklahoma and neighboring states. The rain will produce numerous flash flooding will occur with many streams being flooded and floods affecting larger rivers. Additionally, the Storm Prediction Center has forecast a Moderate Risk of
severe weather for parts of the Southern Plains to Lower Mississippi Valley.

On the backside of this system, light to moderate snow over the Intermountain West and Rockies will spread eastward. A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and rain/freezing rain is possible in portions of the Southern/Central Plains into the Middle Mississippi Valley and northeastward into the Great Lakes Friday into Sunday after the cold front drops the temperatures. The heaviest rain/freezing rain is forecast over parts of Great Lakes Saturday into Sunday.

A stark temperature gradient will setup over the country thanks to the strong front over the Central U.S. into the Great Lakes. In the warm sector ahead of the front, daily temperatures will average 10 to 25 degrees warmer than typical early January readings. Numerous records are expected to be broken from the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys into the Northeast. In contrast, the western half of the country will be much colder than usual as a cold front and secondary cold front reinforces the frigid airmass. On Friday, high temperatures in the single digits are forecast for the north-central tier of the nation.

The Pacific Northwest will have another low pressure system approach the region on Friday, which will amplify the precipitation. Coastal areas will have periods of moderate rain while higher elevations of the Cascades, Northern Great Basin and the Northern Rockies will have heavy snow. Snow accumulations may very well reach or exceed 2 feet in the highest peaks of the Cascades, around 1 foot elsewhere.


Impactful winter weather is possible this weekend across southern Wisconsin. Confidence is increasing that two rounds of winter weather will affect the area. The first would be Friday night, with accumulating snow possible over most of the area. A mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow is possible over far southeast Wisconsin. There may be a lull in the precipitation for a time Saturday, before another round of accumulating snow moves in later Saturday into Saturday night. At this time, there is still some uncertainty with the track and subsequent precipitation/snowfall amounts. Travel impacts are expected during this period, so keep up with the forecast!
A Lakeshore Flood Watch is in effect from Sheboygan to Kenosha for early Saturday through Saturday night. Northeast wind gusts of 50 mph and waves of 10 to 13 feet will likely lead to lakeshore flooding and possibly erosion.
A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for southern Wisconsin this weekend.
Milwaukee Live Radar


Multiple precipitation types are possible with this weekend’s winter storm. Here is a timeline indicating the expected precipitation type for several locations across the local area. Overall, areas north and west of I-55 will see rain change over to ice Friday evening into Saturday night. Expect rain to transition over to snow Saturday evening with snow ending by early Sunday morning. For a detailed forecast for your specific location and to see the latest forecast updates, please visit
An impactful winter storm is expected across the region Friday night through Saturday night. The potential exists for significant impacts from freezing rain, sleet, and snow. Icing is possible especially for areas north and west of I-55 beginning Friday evening through early Saturday morning as sub-freezing temps move into the area. Ice accumulations up to 0.1-0.25” are possible. Rain/sleet will transition to snow by Saturday evening. Snowfall amounts increase north and west of Chicago with 4-6+ inches of accumulation possible. Be sure to stay up to date with the latest forecasts.
Significant river flooding possible on area rivers, particularly along the Iroquois, Kankakee, and Illinois Rivers. A Flood Watch remains in effect from Friday evening through Saturday afternoon. For the latest river observations and forecasts, go to:
Significant lakeshore flooding and beach erosion is likely Friday night through Saturday evening. The worst conditions are expected late Friday night through early Saturday evening. Waves of 14-18 feet along the northeast Illinois shore and 12-16 feet along northwest Indiana lakeshore will result in inundation of flood prone areas, possibly including some roads. High waves may also wash over piers and jetties. For the latest forecasts, go to:
Chicago Radar


Rain will continue today and tomorrow. Some locations have already seen over an inch of rain and an additional 2 to 4 inches are possible through tomorrow night. Gusty winds are likely tonight through tomorrow. A Flood Watch is also in effect starting tonight. Never drive into flood waters: Turn Around, Don’t Drown! #TADD #inwx
Indianapolis Radar


Periods of light to occasionally moderate rain are expected through the day, mainly south of US-24. Northwest of US-24, sprinkles or light showers will be possible. By tonight into Saturday, more widespread and much heavier rainfall will overspread the area. A few thunderstorms may be embedded as well, locally enhancing rainfall rates. The map shows the forecasted rainfall amounts. This is slightly lower than previous forecasts mainly due to the lesser expected amounts today. However, this does not mean let your guard down. If you live in areas prone to flooding, be alert into this upcoming weekend for rapidly changing conditions. For more details and graphics, click the image in the yellow box at the top right of our web page. If you encounter water on a roadway, turn around, don’t drown.
Michiana Radar

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