Storm Team 4: Blizzard, winter storm warnings; 2"-14" possible in various areas

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  • Mother nature is ready to strike on Southeastern Wisconsin with the first major snowstorm in two years. A blizzard warning has been issued for Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson and Washington Counties for noon Thursday until 3:00 a.m. Friday morning.

  • A winter storm warning has been issued for all of Southeastern Wisconsin beginning late Wednesday night, continuing through late Thursday night. Two to 14 inches of snow are possible.

  • Storm Team 4 Forecaster Brian Gotter explains the track of snow, where and when it will strike. "Overnight tonight, after midnight is when that storm system is going to arrive. It depends on where you live as to how much you're going to get," said Gotter.

  • "West and north of Waukesha are going to be cold enough where you're going to see heavy, wet snow overnight. You could wake up to as much as 3"-5" of snow." He says that areas south and east won't see much snow, if at all, before sunrise comes Thursday.

  • "Meanwhile, (in) Waukesha, toward the lakefront and down toward Kenosha, it will be all rain overnight. You could even hear some rumbles of thunder. That will continue into the early morning hours on Thursday," explained Gotter. "By the time we get to noon, it will start turning into a rain/snow mix. Meanwhile, the inland areas have been seeing all snow, and it will be piling up very quickly. By the time we get to tomorrow afternoon, you'll really start to get the snow falling in Milwaukee and points to the south, out towards Waukesha. That will continue into tomorrow night."

  • How much snow will come, where and when? "Snow totals right now - when it actually does change, it could be about 3"-7" of snow from Milwaukee and points to the south. The lighter amounts will be toward the lake, the heavier amounts inland," said Gotter. "Then you get towards West Bend, Fond du Lac, parts of Dodge County. They are looking at more than a foot of snow. It's also going to be very gusty winds, so the blizzard warning goes into effect for those counties by noon tomorrow."

  • Of course, things could change in a heartbeat. "When does (rain) change over to snow? If it happens earlier, these snow totals are going to go way up."