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Winter weather expected for most of the area

Wed. night:  Snow developing, turning breezy. 1 to 2" possible by morning.    Low: 18  Wind:  Becoming NW 10-15

Thursday: Windy and cool with snow.  An additional 1 to 3" possible in most areas.   High: 20.   Wind: NNW 12 - 25

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect Wed. night through Thur. night for the entire area.

With a few more record highs across the area Wednesday, it's a bit hard to imagine several inches of snow, biting winds, and wind chills below zero.  But that is exactly what is heading our way.  The leading band of snow behind a cold front was over northwest Wisconsin as of late afternoon Wednesday and will slowly move east overnight.  We could see around 1 to 2" of snow generally by daybreak.  Another several inches could fall throughout the day Thursday as low pressure intensifies east of Wisconsin.  Storm total accumulation through late Thursday night will probably be in the 2 to 5" range across most of the TV-9 viewing area.  There could be some totals above 6" in the Lake Superior Snow Belt of Ashland, Iron, and northern Vilas County. 

Gusty northwest winds up to 25 mph will create blowing and drifting of the snow as well reducing visibilities in open areas.  Because of these hazards a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for all of the TV-9 viewing area late Wednesday night through late Thursday night.  If traveling, please slow down, be extra cautious, and take warm clothing along with a winter survival kit in your vehicles.  Wind chills could be around 0 Thursday and -10 Thursday night into Friday morning.  Any snow showers will end Friday morning as the storm continues to pull out. 

A much weaker system will drop in from the northwest for Saturday.  It could bring us a minor light snow event.  Temperatures will moderate upward a few degrees over the weekend with highs back into the low 20s Sunday with partly cloudy skies.  However overnight lows Friday nigh and Saturday night could still be down around 0 or 5 above.  A warmer surge of air will briefly move in Monday.  However a strong cold front will charge through in the afternoon and evening with a chance of mixed precipitation becoming all snow.  Highs will drop back to the 10s behind this front by Tuesday and Wednesday. Monitor TV-9 for updates on the storm! 

Meteorologist Tony Schumacher, 4:00 PM, 11-January 2012

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