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It’s winter again in Milwaukee, three months after we got our first - and until now, only snowstorm this season.  This week's snowstorm was initially expected to bring three and eight inches of snow to the region, but it proved to be a lake effect snow and brought with it some prodigious snowfall totals.

Mitch Teich

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.

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If you haven’t noticed yet, it’s cold outside. Like, really, really cold. So cold, in fact, that the National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory for the Milwaukee area, which has been experiencing windchills - unsurprising, considering windchills dipped well below zero last night.

Meteorologists have blamed the extreme cold on an interesting weather phenomenon: an arctic cold front, or arctic winds. 

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For the first time this year, our extremely hot weather forecast has triggered a Heat Health Advisory for Milwaukee. It means 39 agencies will activate the plan they’ve created to help people stay safe from the heat – especially those who are most vulnerable.

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A deluge of rain slammed northern Wisconsin last week, washing out roads, bridges and damaging people’s homes - and during prime tourism season. Yet resorts there hope vacationers don’t change their plans.

“They are concerned about economic losses up there, because of the flooding,” according to Lori Getter of the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center.

Getter says some roadways remain closed, but there are workarounds, so call ahead.

"(Conditions are) changing hourly, because everyone is working hard to get those roads open,” Getter says.

Mitch Teich

There is no shortage of warnings as weather conditions in much of Wisconsin are expected to become oppressive. 

For instance, people are advised to:

--cancel outdoor activities

--check on people who may be isolated in a hot home

--seek cool spaces

--drink plenty of water

Highs in metro Milwaukee will push into the 90s on Thursday and Friday with high dew points sending heat indexes over 100 degrees.

The people most at risk are those with chronic or mental health conditions, older adults and young children.

Photo courtesy of KidsAndCars.org

This is the first summer during which you will be protected from civil liability should you break a window in someone else’s car to free a child, a vulnerable adult or an animal from the heat.

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The story of climate change has become very familiar, but the February climate report released by NASA added frightening new chapter. February 2016 broke the global climate record by a couple tenths of a degree.

While that may not sound like a lot, meteorologist Dr. Jeff Masters says it’s an ominous sign.

Lauren Fox

Today has been an exceptionally windy day in southeastern Wisconsin. At WUWM's studios, we have been lulled by the sound of creaky windows and wind gusts.

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich watched whole magazines fly past his seventh floor window, while one WUWM guest witnessed a lady being knocked over by a particularly strong gust of wind.

Earlier in the day, we watched water dance across the frozen river.

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The Midwest is now a full month into winter – and that, in turn, means we still have two full months of winter yet to come.  A bitter pill to swallow, if you’re not a fan of cold weather.

However, Milwaukee is not the kind of place where locals shrink at the thought of winter. But if your winter has gotten a bit repetitive, Milwaukee Magazine’s Dan Simmons and Howie Magner were among the forces behind the winter guide in January’s issue.

Michelle Maternowski

Snow, sleet and gusty winds have been making travel challenging. Plows and shovelers have not been able to keep pace with the wintry mix, while it has also limited visibility. As of 5:00 P.M., the City of Milwaukee will have dispatched 228 plows. When sanitation crews finish collecting trash on Monday, the city mounts blades onto the trucks so they can be put into service plowing streets. Salting operations have also been underway. The city is postponing garbage and recycling collections on Tuesday.

Michelle Maternowski

After a few seasonal days with highs in the low to mid 30s, our temperatures are expected to climb again.

This month is shaping up to be one of the warmest Decembers on record.

The mild weather has made for some unusual scenes, such as construction underway along the Root River Parkway near Whitnall Park. Workers have been able to get a jump start on the pavilion that will house Sprecher's traveling beer garden next summer.

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The big dig-out continues with some slippery intersections. For a lot of us, we need to do a full shovel today, after making just a narrow path yesterday.

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With temperatures plummeting below zero, we seem to see fewer squirrels and birds out and about. So, we wanted to find out how wildlife copes with the cold.

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Don't let the frigid temperatures freeze your outdoor plans.

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