Parts of the central United States are looking more like winter than spring. A historic spring storm will track from near Omaha this morning to just south of Minneapolis late Thursday. Heavy snow and strong winds will create blizzard conditions from Colorado up to Minnesota.
Southern Wisconsin experienced rain, sleet, snow, freezing rain, and thunderstorms Thursday morning. As expected, Madison and spots northward picked up 1-3 inches of snow through early Thursday.
Strong easterly winds associated with this storm are gusting to 40+ mph Thursday afternoon across southern Wisconsin.
A Wind Advisory is now in effect until 7 PM for most of southern Wisconsin. Wind gusts of 45 mph are possible this afternoon and early evening. Winds will diminish for a short time tonight.
As the storm system gets closer to Wisconsin Thursday afternoon, scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible. An isolated severe thunderstorm is possible with the main threats being large hail and high winds.
The Storm Prediction Center has placed a marginal risk for severe storms in southern Wisconsin later Thursday afternoon and evening.
Showers and thunderstorms will diminish overnight and most of Friday will be dry. There will still be a chance for light rain or snow across northern Wisconsin. The windy weather will also return on Friday, with gusts of 30-40 mph possible again.
Thankfully, warmer and less crazy weather will return next week.