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Blizzard warnings in southern half of Wisconsin Thursday


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Southwest Wisconsin already has a blizzard warning in effect until midnight. And about the southern half of the state will have blizzard warnings start at various times during the day.

It means that drivers can expect white-out or near white-out conditions due to the mix of heavy snow and strong winds.

Governor Scott Walker called a state of emergency Wednesday, before the snow began. It allows the National Guard, State Patrol, and Wisconsin Emergency Management to help local authorities where needed.

As of early Thursday morning, forecasters were predicting 12 to 18 of snow in a corridor from Platteville to Madison to Fond du Lac to Sheboygan. And other snow predictions were ratcheted up from what forecasters were saying yesterday.

Green Bay and the Fox Valley can now expect 10 to 15 inches – 8 to 13 in central Wisconsin south of Wausau – 5-10 inches around Black River Falls and Neillsville – 5-9 inches in the Eau Claire area, and in far north central Wisconsin – 3-6 inches around Menomonie and River Falls – 4-6 in metro Milwaukee – 3-7 at Ashland, Sawyer, and Price counties.

Some parts of the far north might not get snow until daybreak.

It’s all supposed to clear out by late Thursday night and early Friday. And then clear but colder weather is projected for the weekend, with highs generally in the 20’s and lows in the single-digits and teens.