Forecast: Tuesday pretty warm, Thursday pretty cold, weekend pretty normal

hot-thermometer-istockWeather has been making news here the last few days, and the next few days may be the most newsworthy yet.

Temperatures have been rising all day, with the current temperature at Kenosha Regional Airport at 41 at about 2:35 p.m.

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Winter storm watch cancelled; now winter weather advisory

The National Weather Service has withdrawn a winter storm watch for Sunday that was issued earlier today and replaced it with a winter storm advisory, indicating an expectation of less intense weather expected.

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Winter Storm Watch issued for Sunday

WEATHER-ALERT-logo-all-3-webThe National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for an area that includes Kenosha County from Sunday morning until late Sunday night.

The forecast calls for snow in the morning changing to snow and sleet perhaps with freezing rain after noon. There’s a 100 percent chance of some kind of precipitation, but snow and sleet accumulation is expected to be less than a half inch here.

Among the hazards cited by the storm watch statement are:

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Unified students to have indoor recess Tuesday

The Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) has made the following announcement regarding the effect of cold weather on Tuesday’s school day:

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Wind chill advisory issued

cold-older-man-istockThe National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for an area of Wisconsin including Keosha County.

The advisory will be in effect from late tonight through Tuesday morning.

The combination of low air temperatures and wind could produce wind chills from 20 to 30 below zero.

Cold snap in forecast; wind advisory issued

coldman-sxc-Dave-Dyet-webThe temperature is forecast to be warm today — a high of 46. But that is way more pleasant sounding than it likely will be.

Starting tonight, the National Weather Service says the area will be in for a bit of cold — really cold considering recent experience — weather.

Tonight the low temp is forecast to be 9 degrees — a 37 degree drop from the high. There also is a wind advisory in effect from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sunday. Winds should be 25 to 30 mph with gusts as high as 50 mph.

The next few days after that look like more of the same:

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Winter weather advisory issued

WEATHER-ALERT-logo-all-3-webAt 8:55 p.m., the National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for five counties in Wisconsin, including Kenosha.

Little or no ice accumulation is expected but there could be 1 to 2 inches of snow and sleet accumulation, the forecast says.

The advisory is in effect until 6 a.m.

This is Winter Awareness Week — already!

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From the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department:

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth has joined with Governor Scott Walker in proclaiming November 5th through the 9th, 2012, as Winter Awareness Week in Wisconsin.

“The purpose of Winter Awareness Week is to get people thinking about and preparing for winter weather conditions that can threaten their safety,” Beth said. “Now is the time to winterize your car and home, put new batteries in your NOAA All Hazard Weather radio and prepare emergency kits for your home and vehicle. Being prepared for winter weather means knowing what different weather terminology means, staying tuned to changing weather conditions, and being prepared at home, at work, and at school for potential power outages and severe winter weather.”

Winter storms are known as deceptive killers because most deaths are indirectly linked to the weather: like traffic accidents on icy roads, people having strokes or heart attacks from over exertion (shoveling, snow blowing) and people dying from prolonged exposure to the cold. To keep people informed and aware of upcoming weather conditions, the National Weather Service has developed key weather terminology so that people will always know what type of weather may be coming their way. People need to be aware of local forecasts and warnings, and familiarize themselves with key weather terminology so that they remain safe and are always prepared for what Mother Nature has in store for them. Current and upcoming winter weather information can always be found 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on NOAA All Hazard Weather radios; the radio frequency assigned to Kenosha/Racine is 162.450 MHz; NOAA radios can be purchased at many stores with prices ranging from $30 – $80.

To stay informed on winter weather, the National Weather Service has established the following Advisories and Warnings:

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Photos of waves from Sandy on Lake Michigan

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Plenty of people were heading to the Lake Michigan shoreline today in Kenosha County to catch a glimpse of what was predicted to be some pretty heavy wave action.

Here are some more photos from freelance photographer Earlene Frederick and others who have sent in photos to share:

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Pleasant Prairie cancels flood advisory

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As of 4:52 p.m., Pleasant Prairie has cancelled its flood advisory for the Lake Michigan shoreline area of the village:

Here’s the full press release from the village:

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Pleasant Prairie changes evacuation advisory to flood advisory

From Kenosha County Emergency Management:

The village of Pleasant Prairie is changing their evacuation advisory from 95th Street south to the Wisconsin/Illinois state line East of 3rd Avenue to a flood advisory from 110th Street south to the Wisconsin/Illinois state line East of 2nd Avenue. This change is due to lower than expected waves along the shoreline to this point. Sullivan weather has updated their forecast calling for waves of 4 to 8 feet along shore this afternoon and gradually diminishing on Wednesday. Approximately 3,000 sand bags have been filled and distributed. More sand bags are still being filled in case they are needed. No flooding or property damage has been reported at this time.

Here is Pleasant Prairie’s statement:
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Kenosha lakefront storm conditions update

As of about 9:30 a.m., the Division of Emergency Management of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Operations Center is reporting no property damage or evacuation requests related to wind and high waves on Lake Michigan this morning.

Here is Emergency Management’s latest media statement.

Also, the Kenosha Police Department is reporting that the Coast Guard has closed the north pier at Kenosha’s lakefront.

Wind advisory in effect for Kenosha County; snow showers tonight?

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for an area including Kenosha County until 7 p.m. today.

Our area could see winds of  25 to 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph, according to the current forecast. It will be windier the closer you are to Lake Michigan.

The breeze could be almost as strong Wednesday, with winds to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

And for good measure, there’s a 20 percent chance of precipitation tonight and early Wednesday morning that could be snow showers.

City, National Weather Service warn of severe storm along Lake Michigan shore

Think Hurricane Sandy and its impact is an east coast story? Think again.

The city issued the following press release regarding effects of the storm right here at home:
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Severe thunderstrom warning issued for Kenosha County

At 9:07 p.m., Kenosha County is now under a severe thunderstorm warning issued by the National Weather Service.

The warning is in effect until 10:30 p.m.

Text of the warning says:


Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Kenosha County

A severe thunderstrom watch has been issued for six counties in Wisconsin, including Kenosha County.

The watch is in effect until 11 p.m.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued

At 1:58 p.m., the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for eastern Kenosha County.

The warning will be in effect until 3 p.m. The storm under observation is expected to Kenosha Airport around 2:20 p.m., Pleasant Prairie around 2:35 p.m. and downtown Kenosha around 2:50 p.m. At the time of the warning it was near Union Grove and moving southeast around 10 mph.

Severe thunderstorm watch issued

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for 13 Wisconsin counties, including Kenosha County.

The watch will be in effect until 8 p.m.

The forecast puts the chance of rain at 90 percent this afternoon and tonight.

Tomorrow should be mostly sunny with a high of 78 degrees.

Wow! Under 80!

Storm headed our way

At 4:45 p.m., the National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement for our area for a storm that is coming into the area.

The storm is expected to reach downtown Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie by about 5 p.m.

In this storm, winds may be as high as 40 mph, and there may be hail.

Severe thunderstorm watch issued

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for 11 Wisconsin counties, including Kenosha County.

The watch will be in effect until 2 a.m. Thursday.

The current forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of severe thunderstorms tonight.

Heat advisory in effect until 9 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. tonight.

The high temperature is forecast for 97 degrees today. Heat indexes could reach 102.

Then temps should moderate some. Thursday’s high is forecast for 87, and the highs through the weekend are forecast for the low to mid 80’s.

Heat advisory for Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for Monday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The forecast calls for a high temperature of 99 with an even higher heat index.

There’s a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms Monday night. After that, temperatures are expected to moderate somewhat, dropping in the 80s for the balance of the week.

County — along with region — upgraded to extreme drought status

Just a week after earning a severe drought designation, southern Wisconsin — including Kenosha County — has been upgraded to extreme drought status, according to the National Weather Service.

Says the NWS:

The dry conditions southern Wisconsin has experienced are largely attributable to a dry mid-level high pressure that has lingered over a large portion of continental United States. The high pressure has prevented ample moisture from the Gulf of Mexico from reaching the area and diverted storm tracks to the north. To make matters worse, drought begets drought, meaning, less soil moisture and less evapotranspiration leads to even drier, warmer conditions, which further exacerbate drought conditions.”

Severe thunderstorm watch extended to 1 a.m.

The National Weather Service has extended a severe thunderstorm watch for Kenosha County until 1 a.m.

At 8:32 p.m., deep and large puddles of water building up on I-94 have developed just north of Highway K and south of Highway 50, deputies report. Traffic has slowed to about 10 mph.

Storm-related calls being answered by fire departments and police

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Here is a roundup of some storm-related incidents being handled by fire departments and police officers.

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Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 8 p.m.

At 1 p.m., the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for an area that includes Kenosha County.

The watch will be in effect until 8 p.m.

High winds possible from cold front coming through

The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement calling for high winds in the next 15 minutes or so in our area.

Gusts could be as high as 35 mph behind a cold front moving south.

Heat advisory in effect until 9 p.m. Tuesday

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Heat index values will range from 97 to 107 during that period.

Storm-related emergency calls

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With the thunderstorm passing over Kenosha, local emergency services personnel have begun answering storm-releated calls:

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National Weather Service upgrades local drought to severe

Persistent dry weather has prompted the National Weather Service to upgrade the region to severe drought status.

The affected area includes Kenosha County.

Says the NWS:
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