Messy weather closes schools in southern Wisconsin

Much of southern Wisconsin could see more than 4"
Messy weather closes schools in southern Wisconsin

A mix of weather has caused at least 30 schools around southern Wisconsin to cancel school Friday.

A mixture of sleet and freezing rain caused the closures, mainly north of Madison.

Madison streets superintendent Chris Kelley said crews have been maintaining city salt routes since Thursday evening, and will continue to salt area streets through rush hour Friday. Crews will remain on salt routes overnight as the precipitation transitions to snow.

“Around midnight, things around here got a little dicey, when frozen precipitation started to fall,” said Kelley. “But right after it started, precipitation changed back with rain.”

Kelley said residential streets and sidewalks may become slippery, so people should leave extra time to get to their destinations safely.

Freezing drizzle will change over to light snow tonight as colder air above the surface catches up to cold air at the surface. There is a potential for 1-2 inches of snow to fall by Saturday morning.

A winter weather advisory is in place for Madison and areas to the north until 6 a.m. Saturday.