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Winter storm covers roads with snow

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A winter storm moving across southern Wisconsin has dumped nearly a foot of snow in some areas, making roads slippery.

The storm dropped about three inches in Madison, about 6-7 inches in Janesville and around 10 inches in the southeast corner of the state.

The Madison Streets Department says plow crews will hit the roads at midnight to plow all residential streets. It says it does not plan to issue a snow emergency.

27 Storm Track Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier says Friday should be a better travel day than Thursday. He expects Friday to be partly sunny with a high around 29.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- 27 Storm Track meteorologist Brian Olson expects a wet Thursday, with rain, sleet and snow falling in southern Wisconsin.

He's forecasting rain and freezing rain that will turn into sleet and snow later in the morning and continuing into the afternoon. We'll have accumulation around three inches during the day.

Snow will continue tonight and end before midnight, and we could see an additional inch for totals anywhere from three to four inches. Brian expects heavier accumulations to the south and east, around four to six inches, and lighter snow to the north and west, or around one to three inches. 

Most of the 27 News viewing area is under a Winter Weather Advisory, but a Winter Storm Warning is in effect in Dodge, Jefferson and Walworth counties.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is urging drivers to check road conditions before driving. It also has some tips to make sure you're prepared:

  • Plan ahead and allow plenty of extra time for travel.
  • Drive at a safe and legal speed for conditions (The 55 or 65 mph speed limit is a maximum speed for times when conditions are good/ideal, not for when roads are slippery and visibility is reduced.)
  • Drive alert and sober.
  • Do not use cruise control in wintry conditions.
  • Always wear seatbelts.
  • Keep a charged cell phone handy. Keep both hands on the wheel while driving.
  • Keep at least a half a tank of gas in your vehicle.
  • Make sure friends and family members know your travel plans and when you should arrive.
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