Stay safe while cooling off, advises Health Department

The Kenosha County Division of Health services has issued the following advice for staying safe while seeking relief from the current heat wave:
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Heat advisory extended to Friday evening

The National Weather Service has extended a heat advisory issued for Kenosha County until 10 p.m. Friday.

The original advisory issued Monday was to expire Tuesday at 10 p.m.

The forecast for the next few days calls for high temperatures of 95 Wednesday, 98 on Thursday, and 91 on Friday.

There is no better than a 20 percent chance for rain or thunderstorms during that period.

Cooling Center list updated

The Kenosha County Health Department has released an updated list of cooling center locations as the area continues to experience historic hot and dry weather.

Here is the whole list.

Heat advisory still in effect for this afternoon

The National Weather Service still has a heat advisory in effect for our area from noon to 8 p.m. During that period temps could be as high as the upper 90’s and heat index values as high as 105. Areas closer to Lake Michigan may see some cooling.

The longer range forecast shows little relief for the lack of rain. The greatest chance of rain comes Sunday with a 40 percent chance of a thunderstorm during the day.

Here’s a link to a story with information from the county health department about dealing with today’s extremely high temps, including the location of cooling centers.

Heat advisory opens cooling centers; Health Dept. issues advice

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory in effect from noon to 8 p.m., Thursday.

High temps from 94 to 100 over the region are expected to combine with high humidity to produce heat indexes of 100 to 105 degrees during that period.

In connection with the National Weather Service Heat advisory for Thursday afternoon, the Kenosha County Division of Health is advising everyone to check on relatives and neighbors who may be at risk of heat exhaustion and to take the following precautions:

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Weekend temps look hot

The National Weather Service Forecast for this weekend looks hot for early June.

What’s hot? How about 90 degrees?

Temperatures should start to climb Friday with a high of 82 forecast. On Saturday, the forecast calls for a high of 85 degrees, with Sunday’s high inching up even a little more, to 92 degrees.

Not a drop of rain in that forecast either until Monday, when there will be a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms, and a high in the mid-80s.

Severe thunderstorm watch issued

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

The watch is in effect until 8 p.m.

Some of the storms passing through the area are expected to produce hail and strong winds.

Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Kenosha County

At 12:22 p.m., the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for an area including Kenosha County.

The warning is in effect until 12:45 p.m.

UPDATE 12:30 p.m. — Deputy reports that traffic signals on Highway 50 at I-94 are blinking red, and traffic is backing up.

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Kenosha area

At 1:10 p.m., the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for an area of Wisconsin that includes Kenosha County.

The watch is in effect until 7 p.m.

Wind advisory in effect until 7 p.m.

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The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for a portion of Wisconsin including Kenosha County. The advisory is in effect until 7 p.m.

Winds are forecast to be 25 to 35 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph. That’s about what the data at Kenosha Airport is showing.

Freeze warning issued

The National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning for tonight.

The low in the Kenosha area is forecast for 34. The temperature will be warmer farther west from the lake.

Frost is forecast again for Friday night and Saturday morning.

Fog advisory in effect until 10 a.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a fog advisory for an area that includes Kenosha County until 10 a.m.

Fog here could be dense, with less than a quarter of a mile in visibility.

Temperatures should continue to be pleasant, however, with a high of 64 degrees today.

Severe thunderstorm spotted moving this way

At 12:16 p.m., The National Weather Service has issued a special weather statement stating that a severe thunderstorm has been spotted eight miles southwest of Pleasant Prairie, traveling in the direction of the Kenosha area.

Radar is available here.

Highs temps in the 60s, and even 70s, this week

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If you’ve been waiting for a streak of warmer weather instead of just a day, looks like this is going to be your week.

The National Weather Service forecast calls for high temperatures of 60 and above all week. Wednesday’s high could be 77 degrees.

After a 70 percent chance of rain today, there’s only slight chances of more rain in the forecast later in the week.

Wind advisory issued

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for an area that includes Kenosha County. Conditions are expected to produce winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of 40 to 45 mph. The advisory goes into effect at 8 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m.

It should also be warm again today, with a high of 64 in the forecast. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain today and a 100 percent chance of rain tonight.

Temps will cool down on Thursday and Friday into the 40s.

Units responding to crashes on I-94

The scene on I-94 near Highway 165. /Earlene Frederick photo

At 7:10 p.m., Bristol Fire and Rescue and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash in the 8000 block of I-94.

One vehicle involved, which has struck the median. Two people in the vehicle. Airbag has deployed.

UPDATE 7:14 p.m. — Dispatch says crash scene may be as far south as Highway 165.

UPDATE 7:16 p.m. — Dispatch says these may be two separate crashes in the southbound lanes. Second crash is at the 12200 block, and may involve as many as four vehicles.

UPDATE 7:23 p.m. — A Bristol rescue squad is being dispatched to the Highway C overpass for a crash with injuries.

UPDATE 7:49 p.m. — Deputy calls in to say he has just seen maybe six vehicles involved in slip and slide crashes on the Interstate 94, southbound lanes, near Highway C. One airbag deployment. At least one injury. “There are cars everywhere.” Bristol Rescue is being dispatched.

UPDATE 7:53 p.m. — Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue is being dispatched to the 9100 block of I-94.

UPDATE 8:28 p.m. — Somers Fire and Rescue and deputy responding to a report of a crash on I-94 north of Highway 142.

UPDATE 8:54 p.m. — Rescue being dispatched to a limo that has crashed on I-94 with a report of an injury.

UPDATE 9:14 p.m. — Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue being dispatched for a crash on I-94 near Highway C.

A rescue squad responds to the crashes on I-94 Sunday evening. /Earlene Frederick photo

Winter storm warning issued for late Friday afternoon

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Friday starting at 3 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m.

Friday and Friday night, the forecast calls for as much as 2 to 6 inches of snow accumulation in the Kenosha area.

Snow accumulation forecast for tonight

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The National Weather Service is forecasting snow for late this afternoon and tonight, with two to four inches of accumulation.  A winter weather advisory has been issued.

Winds will be northeast from 10 to 20 mph tonight, causing drifting.

Snow showers without additional accumulation could continue Friday.

Snow could accumulate to 3 inches

How much snow will we get today?

The latest from the National Weather Service says up to 3 inches. As lake effect is a factor, the closer you are to the lake the more you are likely to get.

Lake effect snow advisory issued

A lake effect snow advisory is in effect for eastern Kenosha County until 9 a.m. Saturday morning, the National Weather Service has announced.

Residents in the effected area could get an additional 2 to 4 inches of accumulation.

Winds also could reach 15 to 20 mph.

Forecast calls for cold and then more snow

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The National Weather Forecast for the next couple of days can be summed up with three words.

Cold, then snow.

NWS says the low tonight will get down to 8. It won’t get much higher Thursday when the high temp is forecast at 11. Thursday night, the low will be -1.

Temps will warm a little Friday (18 for a high), but there is a 90 percent chance of snow during the day. Two to four inches of accumulation are forecast.

Weather-related incidents

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When the snow falls, crashes seems to happen. We will collect some reports we pick up from the scanner here. If something seems particularly serious, we may break it out into a separate post.

UPDATE 4:27 p.m. — Somers Fire and Rescue responding to a report of a crash in the northbound lanes of I-94 at about the 338 milepost (700 block). Injuries unknown. Vehicle is against a wall.

UPDATE 4:50 p.m. — Bristol, Pleasant Prairie and Newport fire and rescue departments responding to a report of a crash in the 12200 block of the northbound lanes of I-94. Report is that a car and an SUV are involved. One of the drivers is reporting no injuries.

UPDATE 5:15 p.m. — Kenosha police responding to a report of a truck stuck in the snow and blocking the roadway in the 1600 block of 43rd Street. Traffic backing up.

Weather Update: Snow coming slowly; drizzle and fog in the meantime

Where’s the snow?

The National Weather Service’s latest short-term forecast for the area says the main snow area is making very little eastward progress and that areas far south in Wisconsin (that’s us) may have more drizzle and fog in the meantime.

I just spent sometime outside a little bit ago and the area is incredibly moist. Roads are wet. I’m not an expert, but I would say that could be a recipe for some deceptively slick roads later when temps plunge, snow or no snow. Be careful!

Real winter weather requires awareness

With the seemingly certain arrival of real winter weather today in the form of significant snow accumulations, wind and cold, it seemed like a good time to revisit some information distributed by the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department back in November for Winter Awareness Week:

“We all remember the Groundhog Day Blizzard from last February, storms of that magnitude can and will happen again,” said Sheriff David Beth. “It’s important to have an emergency supply kit in your car – it could save your life. Being prepared for winter weather means knowing what different weather terminology means, staying tuned to changing weather conditions, winterizing your car and home and being prepared at home, at work and at school for potential power outages and severe winter weather.” Winter storms/weather are known as deceptive killers, because most deaths are linked to traffic accidents on icy roads, people having strokes/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 (NWS) 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.

Lots more winter weather related information, courtesy of the emergency management division of the Sheriff’s Department, is available here.

Winter weather advisory issued for area

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the area from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday.

Snow accumulations are expected from 5 to 7 inches through the entire snowfall period.

I hope you got those Christmas lights down while you had the chance to do it in 50 degree weather.

Highs in 50s today and tomorrow; snow Thursday?

Like contrast in your weather? Well, you’re in luck this week:

  • Today, high temp of 53 degrees.
  • Wednesday,  high temp of 53 degrees.
  • Thursday, maybe four inches of snow and a high in the 20s.

How likely is that snow? The National Weather Service says 70 percent.

UPDATE 7:33 p.m. — Forecast has upped the probability to 90 percent and the accumulation to 3 to 6  inches.

More warm in the forecast

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If you’re liking this unseasonably warm weather we are having hereabouts of late, you’re in luck for a little while longer at least.

The latest National Weather Service forecast calls for high temperatures of 40 or better through Wednesday with the Tuesday high forecast at 52.

Reality check: Thursday temperatures should plunge 20 degrees and there’s a 30 percent chance of snow.

High temp of 50 forecast for Friday

No, no really it is January. I doubled checked every calendar I could find.

But you won’t be able to tell by the weather Friday. The National Weather Service forecast is calling for a high of 49 degrees.

But the unseasonably warm weather will be short-lived. By Monday, the forecast calls for the weather to be back to 30 degrees.

Snow forecast for New Year’s Day

In a start to the New Year that many would rather not see, the National Weather Service forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of snow on Sunday.

First, the National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday. Rain from tonight will change to mixed precipitation and then snow later. That snow could accumulate to less than one inch and be blown by the wind, causing visibility troubles.

Wind advisory in effect

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

A gust as high as 45 mph has already been recorded at Kenosha Airport.

The advisory is in effect until midnight.