Winter storm likely for southern Wisconsin on Sunday, but less likely later next week

MADISON, Wis. - A winter storm will bring moderate to locally heavy snowfall across southern Wisconsin on Sunday

MADISON, Wis. – A Winter Storm Watch has already been issued for west-central and southwestern Wisconsin for Sunday in anticipation of heavy snow. All of southern Wisconsin will see accumulating snow, with a chance for some freezing rain in areas south of Madison.

While we may see a few flurries overnight and Saturday, a winter storm system will track through southern Wisconsin on Sunday. Occasional snow will develop later Saturday night, and should continue through much of Sunday. The snow will taper to flurries and patchy freezing drizzle on Sunday evening and should completely end later Sunday night.

The heaviest snowfall of about six to eight inches will fall within a narrow band from southern Minnesota through central Wisconsin, pretty much along a line from La Crosse to Green Bay, and perhaps for areas as far south as Wisconsin Dells. The rest of southern Wisconsin should see three to six inches of snow, with the least amounts near the Illinois state line where some freezing rain for a time may limit the snow totals. Madison should be in line for about four or five inches.

Cold weather is expected for much of next week. There was a potential for a winter storm mid-week around Wednesday or Thursday, but the chances of this happening appear to be lessening somewhat, as the storm is now expected to strengthen east of the Midwest. There still is a potential for snow from later Wednesday night into Thursday, but amounts at this time appear to be relatively minor. If the storm system comes together more quickly than the current forecast, then the chances for heavier snow will increase.

Cold weather with high temperatures in the lower to the middle 20s is expected from, Thursday through Valentine’s Day Friday into Saturday of next week. Snow chances increase again later next weekend.

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