Umbrellas and windshield wipers are expected to work overtime this weekend while folks with outdoor plans can expect cancellations.
The unofficial forecast: crummy.
Now if this were January or February and the forecast called for snow, sleet or rain, or all three, most folks in Wisconsin wouldn’t bat an eye, but we’re well into April and people are quite frankly sick of the winter-like weather.
Meteorologists are predicting precipitation — lots of it. There is a good chance for snow in northern Wisconsin though just how much is not clear. Southern Wisconsin will likely get as much as 2 to 3 inches of precipitation starting Thursday night and continuing through Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
There’s a potential for freezing rain and perhaps snow late Saturday into Sunday morning in the Milwaukee area, which could get accumulations ranging from 1 inch in Milwaukee to 3 inches in Fond du Lac.
There’s a potential for ice Saturday night, but that’s also unclear considering ground temperatures are warm and temperatures are forecast around the freezing mark.
That could mean postponements of youth soccer and Little League baseball games, plus this weekend might not be the best time to weed gardens unless gardeners are OK with lots of cold, wet mud.
A low-pressure system moving out over the Central Plains Thursday afternoon is the culprit.
“The cold air is like a slice coming in, it acts as a lifting mechanism for air. You get air to rise and it squeezes out the rain,” said Steve Davis, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Sullivan.
The system is projected to move very slowly, giving it plenty of time to drop lots of rain or snow depending on the location in Wisconsin, Davis said.
Friday’s forecast calls for rain all day with a low temperature of 36 and high about 43 degrees. Saturday is expected to be rainy and windy with a high temperature of 37 and a wintry mix in the evening as the mercury drops to about 32.
Sunday is also forecast to be nasty — rain and freezing rain likely, winds of 20 mph gusting to 30 mph and the possibility of snow and sleet.
In a sign that Mother Nature can be cruel, Milwaukee County golf courses opened for the season on Thursday under partly sunny skies and temperatures reaching up to 60.
Folks needing a break might want to stop at the Mitchell Park Domes this weekend. Saturday is the last indoor Winter Farmers Market inside the greenhouse annex. And, of course, it’s always nice and warm in the tropical dome.
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