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Sunny but cold Thursday, milder weekend on tap

December 15, 2017 GMT

A sunny but cold day is in store for Madison on Thursday, with temperatures warming up for the weekend.

The National Weather Service said the high on Thursday will settle in the mid-20s, about 5 degrees below the normal high.

We could see a few snow flurries Thursday night, Friday and Friday night, with Friday’s high reaching 28, but warmer weather is straight ahead.

27 Storm Track meteorologist Branden Borremans said highs should reach 37 on Saturday and 38 on Sunday, under partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies.

The mini warm-up continues Monday and Tuesday, with highs of 38 both days under mostly sunny skies, the Weather Service said.

The high is expected to drop to 32 on Wednesday but still with plenty of sunshine.

Borremans is forecasting the warmest day of the upcoming week next Thursday with a high of 39, and a chance for light snow at night.

A dusting of snow in Madison didn’t compare to the snowstorm that hit Green Bay and Door County on Wednesday, with Titletown getting a record 7.1 inches of snow.

Wednesday’s high in Madison was 33, 2 degrees above normal and 27 degrees below the record high of 60 for Dec. 13, set in 2015.

The low on Wednesday was 15, 1 degree below normal and 32 degrees above the record low of -17 for the date, set in 1903.

Madison only got a trace of precipitation which equaled 0.2 inches of snow at the airport, keeping the precipitation (rain and melted snow) total at 0.53 inches for December and the meteorological winter of December through February, 0.35 inches below normal.

The record precipitation total on Dec. 13 was 1.45 inches in 2015.

Since Jan. 1, Madison has received 38.08 inches of precipitation, 4.46 inches above normal.

The 0.2 inches of snow brought the monthly and winter totals up to 1.5 inches, 4.1 inches below normal.

For the snow season (July to June), Madison has received 1.8 inches of snow, 7.9 inches below normal.

The record snowfall on Dec. 13 was 6.4 inches in 1892.