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Freezing drizzle to rain to snow all in the forecast

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MADISON (WKOW) - After our coldest day in three weeks, temps will warm significantly ahead of our next storm system over the next 24 hours.

Temps started off in the single digits with below zero wind chills.

Temperatures struggled into the teens in the afternoon with increasing clouds. This is a more typical January day.

Winds increase from the SE-S at 10-25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph as our next system moves in.

This will usher in much milder air with highs soaring to the mid 40s.

Light freezing drizzle may possibly develop by late morning. As conditions warm, precipitation will change over to all rain.

There may be a few slippery spots by midday before the transition to rainfall.

Forecast rain Thursday afternoon - Thursday night

More clouds than sun, still a bit breezy and cooler on the backside of our first system.

Another, stronger storm system develops over the Central Plains and by Friday night, snow may develop.

At this point, highest chance for accumulating snow will be Madison and points south and east.

More light snow is possible through the day Saturday, with one final possible burst of snow Saturday night.

The latest snowfall estimate is about 2 to 4 inches in the Madison area, with less north and more south. This forecast still has a high degree of uncertainty, so stay tuned to updates over the next couple of days!

Stay tuned to updated forecasts as your Storm Track team fine-tunes the details.

Highest chance for major snow totals closer to IL border and SE WI

Bob Lindmeier

Chief meteorologist, WKOW

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