The Milwaukee area could see up to a foot of snow by the time a winter storm ends on Saturday night. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning from 2:00 p.m. on Friday to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday.
Mike Westendorf of the Innovative Weather Center at UW-Milwaukee says the snow will come in waves over the next day and a half.
The first wave will begin later Friday morning and early afternoon with the intensity increasing during the afternoon and evening hours. The forecast is calling for 4-6 inches in accumulations by Saturday morning. Then, after a lull, more snow will fall Saturday afternoon with another 3-6 inches by the time it ends.
Wind gusts beginning Friday afternoon are expected to increase to 20-25 mph, blowing the snow and causing reduced visibilities.
After a high temperature in the lower 20s on Friday, and a high around 30 on Saturday, temperatures will drop swiftly. On Sunday, the high only will reach -1. Temperatures warm to a high of 14 on Monday and a high of 27 on Tuesday.