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Mild Start to Meteorological Winter

If you can believe it, Meteorological Winter starts this Friday! But you wouldn't know it based on the weather, the last few days! So much of the month has featured below normal temperatures, but we are now in the midst of a pattern change and we're finding some relief from the chill. Check out the highs over the last five days in Milwaukee:



Last Friday brought record warmth across the area. Milwaukee tied the record high of sixty-five degrees and the weekend featured highs in the 50s, around ten degrees above normal. This is a trend that looks to continue over the next week or so.

Here's some upcoming highlights:

As Meteorological Winter kicks off this Friday, December 1st, we'll be eyeing a dry day with a southwest breeze and above normal temps in the middle 40s. This upcoming weekend will continue with sun and highs floating around the fifty degree mark. Even St. Nick (one of my fav holiday's as a kid) is on our ten day forecast and right now it also features a southwest wind, sunshine and highs in the 40s.

So what about winter weather? Well, here's what to anticipate:

Snow. Even though we have only had just a few flurries so far, December tends to be snowy, and so does January. In all, during the three month stretch of Meteorological Winter we average 35.1" of snow. Think that's too much?!

Check out some seasonal snowfall amounts across the Badger State:

During the full course of our winter season Milwaukee averages close to 47" of snowfall. Up in the snowbelt areas places like Hurley average over 167" of the white stuff!

At this time we don't have any snow in the forecast over the next ten days, but you know it's coming! So get out and try and enjoy the last stretch of mild weather before the inevitable pattern flip brings us back to winter!

I'm meteorologist Rebecca Schuld

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