Winter weather advisory issued across Wisconsin; 2 to 4 inches of snow forecast; light ice glaze possible

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The weather across Wisconsin on Tuesday into early Wednesday morning is forecast to be a mess.

Michael Jones, an AAP Properties worker, uses a snow sweeper Tuesday in front of 1000 N. Water St. in Milwaukee.
Michael Jones, an AAP Properties worker, uses a snow sweeper Tuesday in front of 1000 N. Water St. in Milwaukee.

Accumulating snow, eventually mixing at times with rain and possibly freezing rain in some spots, is expected across Wisconsin -- including the Milwaukee, Green Bay and Madison metro areas -- on Tuesday into early Wednesday, forecasters say.

Winter weather advisories were in effect Tuesday for the entire state with the exception on two counties bordering Lake Superior in far northern Wisconsin.

All of Wisconsin is expected to see snow on Tuesday.
All of Wisconsin is expected to see snow on Tuesday.

At 12:15 pm, the leading edge of the snow was roughly from Westfield to Juneau to around Port Washington. "Snow should begin in the Sheboygan, West Bend and Fond du Lac areas through 1:30 p.m.," the weather service said in a statement.

This freeway camera image shows snow accumulating early Tuesday afternoon on I- 39/90 at U.S. 14 near Janesville.
This freeway camera image shows snow accumulating early Tuesday afternoon on I- 39/90 at U.S. 14 near Janesville.

The Wisconsin State Patrol was responding to a number of spinouts and fender-benders on freeways in the southern portion of the state as of 1 p.m., according to emergency dispatch audio provided by Broadcastify.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation was reporting freeways across southern, southwest and west-central portions of the state either had slippery stretches or were snow covered as of 1 p.m.

The areas shaded in blue are under winter weather advisories on Tuesday and Tuesday night. Except for two counties, shown in white, all of Wisconsin is under a winter weather advisory.
The areas shaded in blue are under winter weather advisories on Tuesday and Tuesday night. Except for two counties, shown in white, all of Wisconsin is under a winter weather advisory.

Some of the cities included in the winter weather advisories include Milwaukee, Waukesha, Green Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh, Wausau, Wisconsin Rapids, Marshfield, Manitowoc, Sheboygan, Fond du Lac and Stevens Point.

Forecasters have adjusted some of the expected snowfall totals for Tuesday slightly higher in portions of southern Wisconsin.
Forecasters have adjusted some of the expected snowfall totals for Tuesday slightly higher in portions of southern Wisconsin.

"In Milwaukee, we could see some moderate to heavy snow rates during the afternoon and evening commute," said J.J. Wood, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sullivan. "The (snow) amounts are not a lot, but we are expecting some impacts to the afternoon and evening commute."

Emergency crews were working at the scene of a spinout on I-94 in Waukesha County on Tuesday afternoon.
Emergency crews were working at the scene of a spinout on I-94 in Waukesha County on Tuesday afternoon.

Like the snow that fell across parts of Wisconsin during the overnight hours Sunday night into early Monday, there is the potential for snow to fall quickly and heavily at times.

Snow is expected to begin between 10 a.m. and noon in southwest Wisconsin before spreading northeast across the entire state on Tuesday.
Snow is expected to begin between 10 a.m. and noon in southwest Wisconsin before spreading northeast across the entire state on Tuesday.

"The one issue is that there will be heavier snowfall rates. Some places could get close to an inch an hour," said Marc Kavinsky, a weather service meteorologist in Sullivan. "The rapid snowfall rates will reduce visibility."

Motorists should be prepared for slippery conditions, "especially during the evening commute," Kavinsky said.

It will be wet, heavy snow.

"It's not a huge storm, but certainly enough snow will be coming down relatively quickly to maybe cause some travel issues," Wood said.

Here are the advisories that have been issued:

Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Dodge, Marquette and Green Lake counties: Winter weather advisory from 1 p.m. on Tuesday to 2 a.m. on Wednesday. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected with the highest amounts to the north and west of Milwaukee towards I-39. Some ice accumulation is possible.

Snow is expected Tuesday across north central and northeast Wisconsin.
Snow is expected Tuesday across north central and northeast Wisconsin.

Door, Marathon, Shawano, Wood, Portage, Waupaca, Outagamie, Brown, Kewaunee, Waushara, Winnebago, Calumet, Manitowoc, Vilas, Oneida, Forest, Florence, Lincoln, Langlade, Menominee, Marinette and Oconto counties: Winter weather advisory from noon Tuesday to 6 a.m. Wednesday. Snow is forecast and the snow is expected to become mixed with freezing drizzle before ending. Total snow accumulations between 2 and 3 inches and ice accumulations around a light glaze. Locally higher snow amounts are possible over central Wisconsin, the weather service said.

Taylor, Clark, Jackson, Monroe, Juneau, Adams counties: Winter weather advisory from noon to midnight on Tuesday. Snow and freezing drizzle are expected, with total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze.

Racine, Kenosha, Sauk, Columbia, Iowa, Dane, Jefferson, Lafayette, Green, Rock and Walworth counties: Winter weather advisory from 11 a.m. to midnight on Tuesday. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are expected with a minor ice accumulation possible.

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