Midwest Daily Snow

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By Croix Christenson, Meteorologist Posted 1 month ago February 22, 2024

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Summary

Wednesday featured another very mild day for the Midwest, with areas of southern Wisconsin and Lower Michigan sneaking into the low 60s during the afternoon. Thursday will remain mild, with most locations seeing the 40s or 50s by the afternoon before a brief cool down arrives for Friday into Saturday.

Short Term Forecast

General Observations:

  • We'll see a temperature roller coaster in the next week or two, with mild temps overall and brief periods of cooler air that would be closer to normal for this time of year 
  • Uncertain forecast next week as we see rain and snow chances increase 
  • With mild temps and rain chances, we could see impacts to operations over the next week or so

Snow Chances Thursday, Feb. 22 to Sunday, March 3

I will split it into regional discussions again this weekend as we get closer to the more active pattern next week. 

Wednesday was once again mild for much of the Midwest. Here is a look at observed temperatures from Wednesday afternoon (around 3 pm), with a few areas reaching the 60s!

Thursday:

  • Mild once again on Thursday, with most resorts sneaking into the 40s and 50s for highs
  • Swiss Valley in southwest Lower Michigan has announced they will be closed on Thursday

Friday - Saturday:

  • Brief cool down, closer to normal, especially Friday
    • Western portions of the region begin to warm back up again by Saturday
  • Light rain and snow chances, with some lake effect snow as well 
    • Light accumulations for the south shore of Lake Superior and northern Lower Michigan regions (dusting to an inch or two, mainly UP of Michigan)
    • Snow showers are possible for the rest of the region

Sunday to Tuesday:

  • Mild temps return!
    • Depending on which models end up being correct, things could be very mild for a portion of the Midwest early next week with some 60s a real possibility

Tuesday PM to Thursday:

  • Rain and snow chances increase from Tuesday PM to Thursday next week
    • Confidence: Low - no change to this thinking, as the range of outcomes is still quite varied
      • Some models show decent snowfall for portions of the region while others show little snow with rain
        • The best odds at this time of seeing snow is for the south shore of Lake Superior
      • Southern portions of the Midwest could see some thunderstorms next week 

After a brief cooler stretch as the rain/snow chances exit, we could see yet another warmup late next week into the following week. 

Extended Forecast

Fantasy Land: Monday, March 4 to Sunday, March 10

  • Models lean warmer than normal
    • Confidence: Low
  • Models suggest we see above-normal precipitation this week, which if true would be a bad recipe if accompanied by mild temps
    • Confidence: Low

The next forecast will be posted on Friday - thanks for reading!

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Croix Christenson

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Croix grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota where he developed his passion for the outdoors and snow. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his BS and MS in Atmospheric Science. When not working, you will find Croix exploring his Duluth, Minnesota backyard by skiing, mountain biking, fishing, surfing, hiking with his dog Doppler, or just about any activity that gets him outside.

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