Winter Storm Warning continues for much of the region

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, in effect from Thursday evening through Friday evening across most of northern IL. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for Lafayette, Green, Rock, Walworth, and Jefferson counties, while a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Grant, Crawford, Richland, Iowa, Sauk, Dane, Columbia, and Dodge counties.

Snow accumulations of 4 to 8 inches are expected before the storm winds down by late Friday afternoon.

A few inches of snow is expected, but with heavy snow bands, local amounts can increase. Drivers who were caught in the miserable snowy commute Wednesday are bracing for another round and this is expected to be the biggest snow so far this season.

A week of wintry weather continues, with a potential snowstorm headed for the Chicago area that could leave more than a foot of accumulation total across some parts of the region by Sunday.

Wednesday's low in Madison was 5 below at 11:17 p.m., 18 degrees below the normal low and 16 degrees above the record low of 21 below for February 7, set in 1875. "It's here where 4-7" of snow will be possible through the duration of the event.

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Roads in the area were slick from ice and snow that fell on Sunday night. Use extreme caution if you plan on traveling tomorrow before noon.

The snow should start for our western hometowns and the Quad Cities by 3-4pm today spreading to the entire area along and north of I-80 by 6-7pm. The STORMTracker Weather Team will keep you updated on snow amounts throughout the day.

South of I:80: 3-5 inches and even less where no warnings and advisories are in place.

Heavy snowfall reducing visibility especially very early Friday.

A weak system tracks through on Saturday bringing more snow showers to the area. Expect highs around the low 20s.

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