First Big Brush With Winter For Northeast Wisconsin

After a mild and near snowless November and December it appears all good things must come to an end.  From the National Weather Service:

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY WI 301 PM CST WED JAN 11 2012 …SNOW EXPECTED TO SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT TRAVEL CONDITIONS THE NEXT COUPLE DAYS… .A COMPLEX STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES REGION TONIGHT. SNOW FROM THE STORM WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA FROM WEST TO EAST TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING…AND THEN CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT.THE SNOW WILL SLOWLY DIMINISH FROM WEST TO EAST LATE THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING. WIZ022-038>040-048>050-073-074-120515- /O.UPG.KGRB.WS.A.0001.120112T1200Z-120113T1200Z/ /O.NEW.KGRB.WW.Y.0002.120112T1500Z-120113T1500Z/ DOOR-OUTAGAMIE-BROWN-KEWAUNEE-WINNEBAGO-CALUMET-MANITOWOC- SOUTHERN MARINETTE-SOUTHERN OCONTO- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…STURGEON BAY…APPLETON…GREEN BAY… ALGOMA…OSHKOSH…CHILTON…TWO RIVERS…CRIVITZ 301 PM CST WED JAN 11 2012 …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THURSDAY TO 9 AM CST FRIDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN GREEN BAY HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THURSDAY TO 9 AM CST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. * SNOW WILL BEGIN THURSDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE INTO FRIDAY MORNING. * 5 TO 7 INCHES OF ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED. * THE COMBINATION OF SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS WILL LEAD TO POOR ROAD CONDITIONS AND HAZARDOUS TRAVEL.

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More heavy rain forecast for Northeast Wisconsin …

and that means a Flash Flood Watch.

A flash flood watch is in effect for some of Northeastern Wisconsin from 1 to 10 p.m. today, with the potential of 1 to 3 inches of rain.

“It almost sounds like a snow forecast, doesn’t it? But no, this is rain,” said Dan Clark, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Ashwaubenon.

Counties affected include: Brown, Manitowoc, Kewaunee, Winnebago, Calumet and Outagamie.

Showers and thunderstorms will develop this morning, producing heavy rainfall by this afternoon, Clark said. (Source: Green Bay Press Gazette)

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Severe Weather billboards

Interesting way to get the “Be prepared” message out.

Four new billboards in Brown County are getting the message out about severe weather.

The billboards with the message, “Be Prepared for Severe Weather” are located on Military Ave., Scheuring Rd. near Hwy. 41, Ashland Ave., and the corner of E. Mason and Lime Kiln.

Brown County Emergency Management is also encouraging people to develop a severe weather plan for home, work, school, and when outdoors. (Source: Fox11)

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EF-2 tornado strikes Eagle

Keep the community of Eagle in your prayers.

The tornado that tore through Eagle on Monday night had winds between 111 mph and 135 mph and cut a swath 4 miles long and three-quarters of a mile wide, authorities said Tuesday.

The National Weather Service rated the tornado as a category EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which measures tornado strength. The scale ranks tornadoes from 0 to 5, with 0 being the weakest and 5 being the strongest. The rankings are based upon damage caused by the storms, according to the weather service.

At least 25 homes were destroyed and many more damaged.

After the tornado struck Monday night, authorities said, they first believed only five homes had been destroyed. But during the light of day Tuesday morning and after surveying only about 75% of the damaged area, Trawicki said at least 25 homes were “complete and total losses.”

He expected that number to grow during the day Tuesday as damage assessment continued.

“The damage is far worse than we first thought,” he said.

In addition to the destroyed homes, 100 other homes had moderate to substantial damage, he said. (Source: Journal-Sentinal)

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