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Winter weather advisories issued for Friday

Freezing rain, sleet could cause travel difficulties

MADISON, Wis. - The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for parts of west-central through south-central Wisconsin from Friday morning into Friday evening.

The advisory begins at 6 a.m. and runs through 1 p.m. for Dane County and areas to the north and west. However, north and west of a Richland Center to Wisconsin Dells line the advisory runs until 1 a.m. Saturday.

A fast-moving weather system will bring precipitation into Wisconsin on Friday. Warm air aloft running over colder air near the ground could result in freezing rain, sleet, and snow, especially in the morning north and west of Madison, where temperatures near the ground will be below freezing.

This may result in untreated roads, bridges and sidewalks becoming icy.

As temperatures climb above freezing Friday afternoon, precipitation will mainly be in the form of rain showers, causing the icy conditions to improve. Temperatures will stay closer to freezing through the day north and west of the Wisconsin River, perhaps prolonging the slippery travel conditions, according to WISC-TV meteorologist Gary Cannalte.

On Friday night, colder air will move in from the north, changing rain and any mixed precipitation to light snow. A quick inch or two of snow accumulation is possible before the snow tapers to flurries later Friday night. Flurries or perhaps some freezing drizzle may linger into Saturday morning, Cannalte said.

Another storm will affect the area from late Sunday night into Monday. Current indications are that the storm will pass just north of Madison, keeping the threat for heavy snow farther northwest, closer to La Crosse and the Twin Cities. However, a few inches of snow accumulation is possible in southern Wisconsin, especially from Monday afternoon into Monday evening.

Check back with for further updates on the winter weather.

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