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MILWAUKEE- The cold season is approaching fast as we could see the first official freezing temperature in Milwaukee on Sunday morning. The first major measurable snow is also hitting the upper-Midwest and Plains with this new surge of cold air. Some locations in extreme northwest Minnesota could get over six inches of new snow by Thursday night.
Thursday will be warm across the southeast part of the state as strong southwest winds ahead of a cold front brings temperatures in the seventies to the Milwaukee area. The front approaches late on Thursday and should trigger a few showers and thunderstorms as it passes by in the afternoon and evening.
Later tonight the real cold air arrives and it will clear the skies and drop temperatures into the thirties by Friday morning. The weekend will be colder and dry with high temperatures around fifty degrees.
The average date of the first freeze is October 17th in Milwaukee so if we reach 32 degrees or colder Sunday morning it will be well ahead of the average date. The earliest first freeze came on September 20th back in 1956 while the latest freeze in autumn for Milwaukee was November 24th back in 1931.
There is no snow in the forecast but the average date of the first flurry is October 28th in Milwaukee.