Thursday trick or treaters may see snow

October 31, 2019 GMT

JOHNSON CREEK — The age-old disagreements between children and their mothers are likely to erupt again in Johnson Creek Thursday afternoon when youngsters are informed they will be wearing winter coats over their Halloween costumes for the day’s trick or treating to protect them from cold and possible snow predicted.

Trick or treating in Johnson Creek runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, with most other municipalities in the area having conducted these festivities over the past weekend.

According to the National Weather Service at Sullivan, temperatures during annual neighborhood trick or treat festivities are expected to start off in the mid-30s with rain showers and will fall to the low 30s by the late afternoon/early evening, causing rain to change to snow.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Cameron Miller said there will likely be accumulating snow in Dodge and Jefferson counties Thursday afternoon, with a depth that could reach 1.5-3 inches in Watertown. This snow is likely to be of the wet and heavy variety that should melt under temperatures in the upper 30s Friday and Saturday, and some sun.

“We are uncertain where that snow will set up. There is one weather model that shows the Madison area getting walloped and there is another that shows very little snow, so we are trying to set up something combining those two models,” he said. “Watertown is in that belt and there should be all snow by later Thursday.”

As Daily Times readers are viewing this story, rain predicted by the NWS will have likely transitioned to all snow between late Monday night and today.

Snow today was predicted by NWS meteorologists to accumulate on grassy surfaces, with some slush accumulations possible on roadways. Snow amounts were to range from one-half-inch near Lake Michigan to 1-3 inches in the Watertown area.

“Impacts may include the Tuesday morning commute being slowed,” the NWS website stated. “There may be wet snow accumulations on trees with leaves that could cause damage.”

In the Madison area, Miller said the first snow, on average, falls in mid-October. The first measurable snow is recorded, on average, in mid-November.

“But as far as snow, we are not going to be setting any records,” Miller said, adding Oct. 10, 1990 was the earliest that at least 1 inch of recorded snow fell. A total of 3 inches of snow fell that day.