Snow, snow emergency continue today

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By Gazette Staff
Sunday, December 22, 2013

JANESVILLE—Weather forecasters scaled back snowfall totals from a winter storm that moved through the area late Saturday and could linger through midday today, but the area remains under a winter storm warning through Sunday morning.

Officials at the National Weather Service office in Sullivan said updated forecasts predict a winter storm overnight and into Sunday that could bring 4 to 7 inches of wet, heavy snow to parts of Rock and Walworth counties.

Earlier forecasts indicated that some parts of the area would get 8 to 10 inches of snow. But National Weather Service officials said the center of a band of snow that extends north from southwest Wisconsin to Green Bay had tracked further north than initially forecast.

Spotty rain was forecast to turn to heavy, wet snow late Saturday and continue throughout the night and into the morning today as temperatures hover just below freezing.

Forecasts for snow accumulation early today could total 4 inches, and another 2 to 3 inches of snow is expected to fall throughout the morning.

Visibility could remain poor today for travelers in open areas where snowfall is blown by winds up to 15 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. Road conditions are expected to be sloppy today, as snowfall settles in over freezing rain on roads that already were icy in spots from periods of freezing rain late last week.

The city of Janesville has declared a snow emergency effective 6 a.m. today. The advisory means people should park their vehicles off roadways until the city is able to clear snow to the curb.

Travelers heading north in Wisconsin should expect to contend with roads hit by heavier snowfall. Snow accumulation totals in some northeastern counties of Wisconsin were expected to hit 8 to 10 inches, according the National Weather Service.

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