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After the rain (and snow) comes the warm up

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MADISON (WKOW) - Forecast is calling for an above normal end to February and warm start to March.

Though there's a chance or two for precipitation over the next few days, there's a better chance for melting over the next seven.

The first round of precipitation will move in Friday into Saturday, in and out within a matter of a few hours. The precipitation will start a little before midnight as a rain/snow mix, turn over to snow and then back to a mix moving into the early morning hours on Saturday.

Totals are going to be minimal with this first round, less than an inch for all, and will most likely melt throughout the day on Saturday as temperatures climb in the 40s.

Saturday into Sunday there's another chance for precipitation and like the chance Friday into Saturday, accumulations will be minimal to none.

Sunday marks the end of February which means we'll start off March quiet and possibly a degree or two cooler than where we have been. However, our temperatures will quickly climb back into the 40s by Tuesday and Wednesday. Which mean, the melting will continue.

Make sure that over the next few days that your sump pumps are working. Though the melt is gradual, it's important to make sure they're working because water may pool under ground and leak into basements.
If there's a storm drain near your house, make sure that's clear of ice as well so that melting water can go into the drains instead of pooling on the roads. Also expect slick spots to redevelop overnight as temperatures continue to drip below freezing.

Blaise Keller

Meteorologist – WKOW TV Madison

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