Weather Roundup: Today is "Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day" in WisconsinWisconsin Weather
-- The National Weather Service says record-high temperatures in the 60’s – and perhaps the 70’s – are possible in southwest Wisconsin on Wednesday and Thursday.
The National Weather Service says record-high temperatures in the 60’s – and perhaps the 70’s – are possible in southwest Wisconsin on Wednesday and Thursday. But while you’re giving thanks this week, state officials hope you’ll think about the person who will plow your street before long. Governor Scott Walker has proclaimed today as “Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day” in Wisconsin. The proclamation honors the efforts made by snowplow drivers to keep traffic moving and make the roads safer both during snow-storms and after them. Officials urge you to use caution when meeting a snow-plow. It’s against the law to drive less than 200-feet behind a plow. And before you go out, the D-O-T urges you to call 5-1-1 or go online for the latest road conditions. It could be awhile before we run into those snowy conditions. The Weather Service says La Crosse could break its record high of 72 degrees for Wednesday, set back in 1990. But it’s more likely that the city’s record will be broken on Thanksgiving. That one’s 59-degrees set in 1963. Some rain is expected today in the state’s mid-section. But otherwise, dry-and-mild weather is in the offing through the holiday. Cooler temperatures are predicted for Black Friday, with highs in the 40’s statewide.
Seventeen counties in southern and eastern Wisconsin are under an Air Quality Advisory through noon today. The D-N-R says dry weather and light winds have caused particle pollution to remain stagnant in the air. And that could be unhealthy for sensitive people like kids, seniors, and those with heart and respiratory problems. The counties with advisories are Brown, Calumet, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Kenosha, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, and Winnebago. Forecasters expect light rain today through the state’s mid-section – but not in many of the places where the air advisory is posted. Above-normal temperatures are expected to continue all week, with highs in the 50’s statewide today. It’s supposed to be a bit cooler tomorrow. But by Wednesday, parts of southern Wisconsin could get above 60.