Two to six inches of snow may fall on southern Wisconsin Tuesday, which could create challenges for commuters coming and going to work.
A winter weather advisory has been issued for most of southern Wisconsin because of the snow. However, a winter storm warning has been issued for much of northeast Wisconsin due to higher totals expected there.
"The first band of snow will move through the area by mid-morning, followed by a brief break in the snowfall.," said WISC-TV meteorologist Haddie McLean. "Another round of snow is expected this afternoon and evening. Winds will shift to the northwest and increase to 15-25 mph causing blowing and drifting snow."
McLean said snowfall totals will range from 2 to 3 inches along the Wisconsin-Illinois border to 5-8 inches northeast of Dane County.
In and around Madison, 4 to 5 inches of snow is expected.
The Alberta Clipper system should move quickly through the area, and will be followed by colder temperatures an clear skies on Wednesday.
Madison streets superintendent Chris Kelley said the department had 32 trucks out since 6 a.m. Tuesday and will continue to work through Tuesday's rush hour.
Kelley said at midnight they will add 26 crews to salt routes and sand residential streets.
As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, about 35 schools had reported early closures in southern Wisconsin.