Weather goes bi-polar, snow forecast

At 2:50 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service reported that the current temperature in North Platte was 78 degrees, smashing the previous record of 75 set in 1995 and 2000.

Last Sunday's high of 61 degrees, which tied the record high set in 1981, was a good indicator of the kind of week to follow, Speciale said.

Winter storm watches have been issued for southern Minnesota, including Minneapolis, and northwestern Wisconsin, and severe weather is possible in states south and east of Wisconsin.

Snow is expected to develop overnight, continuing off and on through Wednesday. Showers will be off and on through Thursday, according to the weather service.

The Weather Channel reported that Minneapolis/St. Paul hasn't seen an inch or more of snow since it recorded 2.2 inches on January 25, while Chicago hasn't picked up an inch or more of snow since December 16-18 when it received 3.4 inches. Southwestern Nebraska will see about an inch, Buttler said.

Madison has had three streaks of nine record-breaking high temperatures in a row since 1891, according to the Climatology Office records.

It's not unusual to get these sharp climbs - 15 degrees to 20 degrees above normal - as we transition from winter to spring, Witt said. The low temperature will drop to about 19 degrees.

Typically around this time of year, Speciale said, Dutchess County residents can expect highs in the upper 30's and low 40's. Now King said the forecast is for 4-8 inches in Gillette and even more snow - 8-12 inches - will fall just south of Wright.

And it would set a record for the earliest that Kansas City has been this warm.

Expect windy conditions to return Friday night throughout the start of the weekend as temperatures cool off into the 20s for daytime highs.

  • Leroy Wright