NWS 3-14-18
National Weather Service

Sunny, cool and dry weather is forecast in Madison through Sunday, so the local legend of getting snow during the state high school boys basketball tournament will just stay as legend this year.

27 Storm Track meteorologist Branden Borremans said high temperatures should be in the 40s through the weekend, peaking at 49 on Sunday, with no mention of rain or snow in the forecast until Monday.

The National Weather Service squeezes a little snow out of the forecast for late Friday night, but that's about it until Monday.

The urban legend of snow during the tourney is more air ball than three-pointer.

"How often can we expect a snowstorm during the three-day tournament held in the third week of March? Not too often," said climatologist Dick Kalnicky.

Statistics show March has the least amount of snow of the snow months of December, January, February and March, and the chances of any snow in the tournament time period is about 24 percent.

Wednesday's high should top out at about 44, with winds gusting up to 30 mph. Thursday and Friday should be sunny and 40 both days, while Saturday should be sunny and 45 and Sunday sunny and 47.

Heading into the work week, Madison could see a slight chance of rain during the day and a better chance of rain and snow at night, but no accumulation is in the forecast just yet.

Highs should be around 40 on Monday, 38 on Tuesday and 44 next Wednesday, Borremans said, with clouds on Monday and Tuesday and sun on Wednesday.

Tuesday's high in Madison was 34, 8 degrees below normal and 37 degrees below the record high of 71 for March 13, set in 1990 and tied in 1995.

The low on Tuesday was 21, 3 degrees below normal and 27 degrees above the record low of 6 below for the date, set in 1975.

A trace of precipitation (rain and melted snow) was recorded at the airport, keeping the March and meteorological spring (March through May) totals at 0.24 inches, 0.55 inches below normal.

The record precipitation total on March 13 was 1.58 inches in 1990.

For 2018, Madison has received 4.42 inches of precipitation, 0.95 inches above normal.

No measurable snow fell on Tuesday, keeping the monthly and season totals at 3.4 inches, 0.2 inches below normal.

The record snowfall on March 13 was 6.0 inches in 1917.

Madison has had 30.9 inches of snow during the snow season of July to June, 13.8 inches below normal.


Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.