Milwaukee weather for Wednesday, Feb. 8, PM
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Classes at all Milwaukee Public Schools and after-school activities have been canceled ahead of a snowstorm that could dump as much as 8 inches of snow in southeastern Wisconsin, officials said.
After-school activities Friday also are canceled, as are MPS offices, officials announced on Twitter late Thursday night.
Most garbage and recycling collections scheduled for Friday in the City of Milwaukee have also been canceled, according to the Department of Public Works.
Collections are still scheduled on automated garbage and recycling routes, according to a news release from the DPW.
Accumulations could vary widely by area, with the southern part of Milwaukee County as well as Kenosha and Racine counties bearing the brunt, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service issued a winter storm warning from 9 p.m. Thursday to 6 p.m. Friday.
Once it starts snowing, it probably won’t stop until early afternoon Friday. Which means the morning commute could be a slog.
“Everybody across southern Wisconsin will be getting snow but there’s still a little bit of uncertainty if Milwaukee will get the heaviest snow,” Steve Hentz, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Sullivan, said.
By mid-afternoon Thursday, the weather service was predicting about 5 inches of snow in the Milwaukee area with more snow likely to fall closer to the Illinois border.
The bulk of the snow was expected to pile up overnight — flakes at times could fall as fast as an inch per hour — from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. in Milwaukee.
Major U.S. airlines Thursday were alerting passengers to the possibility that snow across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes could disrupt their operations late Thursday and continuing into Saturday. Change fees were being waived for passengers scheduled to travel to airports in the storm’s predicted path.
At Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, crews that clear snow and ice from runways and taxiways were preparing for an all-night operation Thursday continuing into Friday afternoon, said airport spokesman Harold Mester.
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The wide swath of snow comes courtesy of a low-pressure system moving across northern Illinois, combined with an upper jet stream. Hentz said the forecast calls for the snow to begin tapering off at the end of the morning rush hour.
Motorists can check road conditions via the state Department of Transportation’s website 511wi.gov.
It doesn’t look like any records will be broken. The record snowfalls in Milwaukee for Thursday and Friday are 5.4 inches set in 1905 and 10 inches set in 1901, respectively.
Low temperatures tonight are expected in the teens, while Friday’s high will be in the low 20s before dropping to about 7 Friday night. Wind chills Friday night as low as minus 5 are possible.
Light and variable winds are expected to become northeasterly at 5 to 10 mph after midnight before turning northerly at 10 to 15 mph later Friday, which could create some drifting and blowing snow.
There’s a 30% of snow in Milwaukee before noon Saturday.
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