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Another round of snow expected Friday

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Snow ended early this afternoon with totals ranging 2 to 5 inches across most of Western Wisconsin. Reports sent in to both Stormtracker 18's Weather Trackers and reports passed on from the NWS from across the area are posted to the map below.

Snow reports updated at 9 p.m.

The temperatures have warmed up to about 20 this afternoon, which is warm enough for salt to start working, but temperatures fall back into the teens tonight and eventually will bottom out near or just below 10 degrees where salt isn't as effective again. That means main roads should be better (but not perfect) tomorrow morning than they were even before this round of snow, but side streets, rural highways, and parking lots will remain slick.

Temperatures in the mid 20s again tomorrow afternoon mean that salt will continue to work, but more snow will arrive in the afternoon. This means roads will become slippery once again, especially for the evening commute.

This round won't bring quite as much snow, but still expect between 1 and 3 inches of new accumulation between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Refer to the map below for the latest forecast from Stormtracker 18.

Forecast snow totals updated 9:15 p.m.

Some flurries linger into the day Saturday but not much additional, if any, accumulation is expected. Temperatures will be in the teens all day and slowly falling, so plows and salters will again be fighting against packed snow and ice that will be very difficult to remove with salt.

Thus, slippery stretches on roads will linger into early next week when temperatures are once again expected to be quite cold.

Lows Saturday night through much of next week range from the positive single digits all the way down to about -10. Highs will be between roughly 10 and 20 degrees all week.

Small snow chances arrive starting Tuesday, but not a lot of temperature improvement is expected until at least next weekend, if not closer to Christmas.

Matt Schaefer

Matt Schaefer was promoted to Chief Meteorologist in July of 2019 and has been our evening meteorologist for News 18 since June of 2016. Prior to that, he was our Saturday meteorologist starting in September 2014.

Matt was born and raised in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He enjoys all the extremes that mother nature throws at the Badger State: from severe thunderstorms to blizzards to subzero temperatures.

Matt studied meteorology in the Midwest as well, earning his Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology at Valparaiso University in Indiana. There, Matt was heavily involved in VUTV Weather, the Valpo student chapter of AMS/NWA, and VUSIT (Valparaiso University Storm Intercept Team). He’s logged more than 20,000 miles chasing and studying severe storms all across the country and witnessed nine tornadoes including six in one day!

Matt describes himself as a Wisconsin boy at heart and enjoys cheering for the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and Admirals just to name a few. He loves simply being outdoors and enjoys the Wisconsin wilderness especially in fall, and whitetail deer season!

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