NWS 2-13-18

Milder temperatures are in the Madison weather forecast for the next three days, making for a nice Valentine's Day on Wednesday.

27 Storm Track meteorologist Branden Borremans said the high on Tuesday should be right around the average of 30, with early clouds making way to late day sunshine.

Valentine's Day should be great weather-wise, with sunshine and a high of 41.

There's a 20 percent chance of rain and snow showers on Thursday with a high of 37, the National Weather Service said.

Colder air moves in on Friday with sunshine and a high of 20, but temperatures rebound to the low 30s on Saturday, under mostly sunny skies.

We could see another 40 on Sunday with partly sunny skies.

Washington's birthday on Monday could bring a mix of rain and snow and a high of 35.

Borremans is looking at 34 and partly sunny skies next Tuesday.

Monday's high in Madison was 17, 13 degrees below normal and 46 degrees below the record high of 63 for Feb. 12, set in 1882.

The low on Monday was 5 below, 19 degrees below normal and 18 degrees above the record low of 23 below for the date, set in 1899.

No precipitation (rain and melted snow) fell at the airport on Monday, keeping the February total at 0.87 inches, 0.32 inches above normal.

The record precipitation total on Feb. 12 was 0.71 inches in 1938.

For the meteorological winter of December through February, Madison has received 3.28 inches of precipitation, 0.24 inches below normal.

 Since Jan. 1, Madison has received 2.55 inches of precipitation, 0.77 inches above normal.

The snowfall total for February stayed at 12.9 inches, 8.1 inches above normal.

The record snowfall on Feb. 12 was 4.9 inches in 1923.

For winter, 26.8 inches of snow has fallen, 4.4 inches below normal, and 27.1 inches has fallen in the snow season of July to June, 8.2 inches below normal.


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