Weather forecasts for Madison, WI written by students in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Week of Warming
Public weather briefing
As temperatures began to warm up throughout the day, we expect Madison to remain cloudy until the weekend. Although there is some small chance of precipitation in our area, we do not expect any significant snow accumulation. Low temperatures tonight will be around 20, and will drop down tomorrow night, but the rest of the week should see a continuing warming trend. Daytime high temperatures will slowly increase to the upper 30's by the weekend with partly sunny skies, but strong winds out of the north and east will make it feel a bit cooler. The weekend is shaping up to be much nicer than the previous, and should even continue through the following week.
Tonight.Cloudy and cool. Low in the lower 20's. Small chance of precipitation.
Wednesday. Very sunny and the high will be 30 with winds out of the northwest at about 20 knots.
Wednesday night. Partly cloudy and cooler. Low around 15 with weaker winds out of the north.
Thursday. Mostly cloudy with a high again at 30 and winds out of the southeast around 10 knots. Clouds persist into the night with a low of 25.
Friday. Cloudy high in the upper 30's.
Outlook for Saturday through Monday. Partly cloudy Saturday through Monoday with highs reaching the mid to upper 30's and very little chance of precipitation. Lows in the mid to upper 20's. [CONFIDENCE: Medium-High]
Tuesday night will be mostly cloudy, insulating the surface temperatures and by preventing radiative cooling. Northwesterly winds overnight will advect a moderate cold air mass, affecting most of the Midwest. Clouds will persist through the middle to the end of the week limiting daily highs, but raising the overnight lows. bringing up the high temperature, but cloudy into the night insulating the area making a warmer low. A low-level ridge will move through on early Sunday, initially advecting significant warm air into Madison making for our warmest temperatures over the weekend. (average daily high temperature for later in the week 32F; low 22F).
The most difficult part of our forecast is determining the possibility of precipitation tonight, as a linear cold front appears to be moving west to east in northern in Wisconsin. It is expected that the precipitation associated will remain north of the Madison area, but some models show a slight chance of precipitation in southern Wisconsin.