WINTER STORM WARNING: Heavy snow and very windy!

This article was posted on Tuesday morning. A new update has been made available here:

The latest northeast Wisconsin weather forecast from Storm Team 5…

As expected, The National Weather Service has switched our Watch to a WINTER STORM WARNING as our spring snowmaker begins today. The worst conditions will arrive in the late afternoon into Wednesday morning where wet snow coming down at a fast pace will combine with very strong winds that could top 45 to 55 miles per hour.

Storm Team 5 is expecting a widespread total snow fall of 6 to 12 inches when you factor in melting and compacting, as temperatures will linger just above the freezing mark during the storm. If the snow gathers much faster than it melts tonight, totals higher than a foot are possible. Stay tuned as we continue to gather the latest information as we bring it to you online and on air.

Scattered rain/snow showers Tuesday morning as temperatures will be too warm for accumulation on the pavement. Temperatures start in the middle and upper 30s. As those temperatures fall this afternoon and evening, the mix will go over to heavy snow as it starts to gather on the pavement. 1-3″ of daytime snow possible. Winds will pick up through the day and will gust around 30 to 35 miles per hour later on.

Heavy snow continues tonight along with very gusty winds. 3-6″ of wet snow is possible at this time, but if it falls faster than it melts, higher totals are possible. Winds will be NNE with gusts as high as 45 to 55 miles per hour. The highest gusts will be near the lake and bay. Low temperatures only drop to 33 degrees.

An additional 1-3″ of snow is possibly Wednesday as snow showers could mix back to rain for a time in the afternoon. The high is 37 degrees. Winds will continue to be a problem with gusts up to 45 or 55 mph in the morning, decreasing to 30 to 40 mph gusts later in the day.

Thursday, breezy with scattered rain/snow showers and a high of 40 degrees. The storm will be pulling away at this point.

Friday, looking much nicer. Partly cloudy and 45 degrees.

Mostly sunny and 48 degrees Saturday.

A mix of sun and clouds Sunday with a high of 52 degrees. A front could bring a few rain showers at night into Monday morning.