Clouds were streaming off the open waters of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan to the east, and the Bay of Green Bay is ice-covered.
Snow covering the ground can be seen across the entire region. The thicker confierous forests of northern Wisconsin, the UP of Michigan, and northern Minnesota help to cover the snowcover and look darker. Also, snowless rivers can be seen as darker lines snaking through the white.
A cold afternoon.
The map (to the left) shows temperatures across the State at 13:20 this afternoon, ranging from 5 above in Milwaukee to -6 in Superior.
Winds were still blowing from the west and northwest, bringing wind chill values down as low as the -20s. Winds will let up tonight as a high pressure ridge builds into the region, keeping the wind chill values from dropping as low as they did last night.
The high pressure will bring one more night of cold however.
The storm system has been moving east.
This image (to the right) shows cloud temperatures in an enhanced color scheme. Oranges and reds show where the clouds are the coldest and the highest, this is where the the rain and thunderstorms are the strongest. Conversely, purples and blues depict clear skies.
The sharp line between the oranges and blues off the East Coast show where the cold front is currently located, at the time of this map at 13:45 this afternoon. It was this cold front that brought the blizzard conditions to Wisconsin yesterday.
Lake Superior continues to freeze.
This map (to the left), from the National Ice Center, shows current ice conditions on Lake Superior. The blue is very thin ice, but still it is frozen, while the darker color shows thicker ice. Completely solid ice is depicted as grey.
If the bitter cold temperatures continue, the Lake will continue to freeze; however, a warm-up would allow the new thin ice to re-melt.
To help the lower lake levels recover, it would be in the best interest of the Lake to freeze over as fast as possible.