Heavy snow possible Wednesday night, Thursday

Storm track might shift

Published On: Dec 17 2012 07:29:29 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 18 2012 07:30:47 AM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

Heavy snow could fall in southern Wisconsin on Wednesday night and Thursday, according to a report from the National Weather Service.

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The statement said the snow is expect to be centered on a line from Monroe to Madison, Beaver Dam and Fond du Lac, but could shift 100 miles to the east or west.

The potential snowfall totals are between 6 and 12 inches, according to the report.

A winter storm watch has been issued for Dane County and areas to the west and north from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 6 p.m. Thursday.

WISC-TV meteorologist Gary Cannalte said light rain and snow will develop late Wednesday night with precipitation changing to snow, with the snow possibly becoming heavy by Thursday morning.

The forecast calls for the snow to be followed by gusty winds causing blowing and drifting.

Preparations have already begun to make sure Madison's roadways will be cleared during Thursday's snowstorm.

Officials with the Madison Streets Division said they've been ready since mid-November and all their plow trucks, salt and sand spreaders are ready.

But George Dreckmann with the Madison Streets Division said it's still important for drivers to use caution.

"If you know it's coming, get up a little early; set your alarm so you get out of bed early. Plan on giving a lot of stopping distance if there is snow on the ground and take your time," Dreckmann said.