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National Weather Service Outlook for Saturday, January 11th for Milwaukee, Chicago, Indianapolis and Michiana Brought to You by Tiger Plumbing

National Weather Outlook

National Radar Mosaic

National Weather Discussion

  • Heavy snow and rain/freezing rain over parts of the Great Lakes into parts of Northern Maine
  • There is an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms over parts of the Central Gulf Coast and slight risk of excessive rainfall over parts of the Lower/Middle Mississippi Valley into Western Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes
  • Temperatures will be 10 to 35 degrees above average over the Eastern Ohio Valley/Tennessee Valley into the Northeast
  • Heavy snow will continue over the higher elevations of the Northwest

A potent winter storm will bring multiple weather hazards to much of the Great Lakes/Middle Mississippi Valley and portions of the Northeast. Severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and flash flooding will impact a vast portion of the Central Gulf Coast/Lower Mississippi Valley into the Great Lakes. Snow fall of up to one foot over parts of the Great Lakes downwind from Lake Huron with six to eight inches over parts of Wisconsin off of
Lake Michigan. A mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow is expected from the Middle Mississippi Valley to the Great Lakes and into Northern Maine. Ice accumulations of 0.25 to 0.50 inches over Michigan and Northern Maine.

Heavy rain in the range of 1 to 3+ inches is expected from the Tennessee Valley northeastward to the Great Lakes. 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 slight risk of excessive rainfall is forecast over parts of Tennessee Valley/Lower Mississippi Valley northeastward to the Western
Ohio Valley and parts of the Great Lakes. The rain will produce scattered flash flooding that will be mainly localized. The most vulnerable area will be urban areas, roads, and small streams with isolated significant flash flooding possible. Additionally, the Storm Prediction Center has forecast a Enhanced Risk of severe weather for parts of the Central Gulf
Coast/Lower Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley.

A stark temperature gradient will setup over the country thanks to the strong front over the eastern third of the country. In the warm sector ahead of the front, daily temperatures will average 10 to 35 degrees warmer than typical early January readings. Numerous records are expected to be broken from the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys into the Northeast.

The Pacific Northwest will have another low pressure system approach the region on Sunday, which will amplify the precipitation. Moderate to heavy snow will continue over the Intermountain West and Northern/Central Rockies through Monday. Snow accumulations may very well reach or exceed 2 feet in the highest peaks of the Cascades, around 1 foot elsewhere. The snow levels will drop down to the coast on Sunday into Monday over
Washington and Oregon.


4:45 AM Radar Update: Freezing drizzle will cause slick spots on untreated roads and sidewalks this morning. Drive and/or walk carefully if going out.
Periods of freezing drizzle can be expected today, especially for the lakeshore counties. Snow will quickly spread into southern Wisconsin late this afternoon and taper off overnight. Snowfall totals will range from 2 to 8 inches, with highest amounts in southeast Wisconsin.
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.
Here are the updated Winter Weather headlines.
Milwaukee Live Radar


Light rain for most locations early this morning will transition to a light wintry mix from northwest to southeast through this afternoon. Then, a brief 6 hour or less period of moderate to briefly heavy snow is possible this evening, with a focus generally from 5-11 pm across northeast Illinois into northwest Indiana. The combination of this snow with strong north to northeast winds will produce a period of hazardous conditions with significantly reduced visibility at times.
River flooding likely on area rivers, particularly in Kankakee, Iroquois, Vermilion Basins. Significant flooding now appears less likely, but still possible. 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 continues today, heaviest rain will be along the cold front. Winds could gust up to 40 mph ahead of the front. Precipitation will finally end overnight. Remember: never drive into flood waters, turn around, don’t drown! #inwx
Indianapolis Radar


A strong upper level system will move northeast across the area today with very mild weather and plenty of moisture and heavy rains. Widespread moderate river flooding is expected along with flooding of lowlands and some urban areas. Much colder air will spread across the area tonight bringing a transition from rain to freezing rain to snow. Snow and ice accumulations are expected from far southwest Lower Michigan into northwest Indiana.
Michiana Radar

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