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A wet and wintry New Year’s Eve

MADISON (WKOW) – The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of Southern Wisconsin today as a complex weather system moves into the Midwest.

The threat for freezing rain has diminished, which is great news. Through mid-afternoon, precipitation will fall as mainly rain from the Wisconsin River Valley on south and eastward. This includes Madison. Farther north and west, precipitation should fall as mainly snow. The rain/snow line will then collapse to the southeast during the late afternoon. Madison will likely see rain change to snow sometime between 3pm and sunset, Janesville shortly thereafter.

Snow will continue this evening, and could be briefly intense early on. Expect the snow to become lighter as the evening wears on, tapering from west to east. It’ll be done well before sunrise.

New Year’s night is already one of the most dangerous times of year to be driving. Combined with the snow, travel will be even more treacherous.

Figure out your designated driver now or plan on using a ride share or cab company.

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As we change over to all snow, highest totals will be north and northeast of Madison with 3-5 inches expected.

Central areas from northern Grant County through Madison will receive 1-3 inches, while only a dusting to an inch is expected near the WI/IL border.

Full 27 Storm Track forecast

Branden Borremans

27 Storm Track Meteorologist

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