Southern Wisconsin is in for a period of intense snow and strong winds that could lead to whiteout conditions on Monday from a storm system that will continue to bring light snow to the area into Tuesday, according to forecasters.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory that will run from 3 p.m. Monday to 3 p.m. Tuesday for the Madison area, with the storm starting and ending earlier to the west and later to the east.
The Madison area should see around 4 inches from the storm, which could bring 3 to 6 inches to the area, and up to 8 inches to portions of central and northern Wisconsin.
The Weather Service said the snow will start in southwestern Wisconsin during the morning, around 3 p.m. in the Madison area, and the early evening in eastern Wisconsin.
There could be a burst of moderate to heavy snow starting Monday afternoon in Madison into the evening commute, with winds gusting to 35 to 40 miles per hour producing whiteout conditions and making travel treacherous, the Weather Service said.
The snow may change to freezing drizzle overnight and then back to light snow on Tuesday that could accumulate to another 1 to 2 inches, but with lighter winds.
There’s a 100 percent chance for precipitation in Madison on Monday and Monday night, 70 percent Tuesday and 40 percent Tuesday night, in the form of rain and snow becoming all snow after 5 p.m. Monday, drizzle mixing in before 11 p.m., snow and freezing drizzle from 11 p.m. through 4 a.m., then snow after 4 a.m. Tuesday.
Madison could see snow totaling less than a half-inch on Monday, 1 to 2 inches Monday night and 1 to 2 inches again Tuesday, with less than a tenth of an inch of ice Monday night.
Highs should be near 38 Monday and near 35 Tuesday, with lows around 28 Monday night and 21 Tuesday night, as winds gust to 40 mph Monday and 35 mph Monday night, before slowing to 5 to 10 mph on Tuesday.
The Weather Service forecasts quiet weather after the storm passes, with no chances for precipitation through the weekend.
Skies over Madison should be mostly sunny Wednesday and Thursday, and partly sunny Friday through Sunday, with highs near 29, 30, 35, 39 and 39, and lows Wednesday night through Saturday night around 16, 14, 21 and 24.
27 Storm Track meteorologist Branden Borremans forecasts the storm to bring 3 to 5 inches to the Madison area Monday afternoon into Tuesday, with strong winds and some freezing drizzle possibly mixing in overnight, and quiet weather to follow.
Borremans said skies over Madison should be increasingly cloudy Monday, cloudy Tuesday, mostly cloudy Wednesday, partly sunny Thursday through Sunday, and sunny next Monday, with highs near 38, 35, 29, 30, 34, 40, 35 and 40, and overnight lows around 29, 21, 16, 14, 20, 25, 20 and 22.
Sunday’s high in Madison was 46 at 3:07 p.m., 8 degrees above normal and 23 degrees below the record high of 69 for March 4, set in 1983.
Sunday’s low in Madison was 28 at 12:13 a.m., 7 degrees above normal and 37 degrees above the record low of 9 below for March 4, set in 1884.
No precipitation was recorded at the Dane County Regional Airport on Sunday, leaving Madison’s March and meteorological spring (March through May) total at zero, 0.24 inches below normal. Madison’s 2018 precipitation total (rain plus snow converted to liquid) stayed at 4.18 inches, 1.26 inches above normal.
Madison’s record precipitation for March 4 is 1.86 inches in 1976.
With no snow on Sunday, Madison’s March and meteorological spring (March through May) total stayed at zero, 1.2 inches below normal. For the snow season (since July 1), Madison has received 27.5 inches, 14.8 inches below normal.
Madison's record snowfall for March 4 is 5.4 inches in 1982.