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Accumulating snow, cold temperatures to arrive this weekend

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Madison, WI -It's been a very warm first half of January and a slow start to the snow season across southern Wisconsin.

However, don't "lose yourself" in this abnormal weather, because winter will snap us back to reality this weekend.

A strong winter storm moving in from the west will bring accumulating snow to southern Wisconsin Friday into Saturday.

Alert Days are in the forecast from Friday night into Sunday for the threat of light snow and very cold temperatures.

Snow is expected to spread west to east late Friday afternoon and evening. Temperatures will be below the freezing point, keeping the risk for mixed precipitation out of the forecast.

The light to moderate snow will continue through the night on Friday, and will wrap up gradually on Saturday. Some slippery roads and travel hazards are possible into Saturday morning.

There is still some uncertainty with the exact track of this system. As a result, there are still some differences in the models as to how much snow will fall across southern Wisconsin.

However, we are confident that the highest snowfall amounts will fall close to the Wisconsin/Illinois state line and over southeastern Wisconsin (with any lake enhancement/lake effect snow bumping up totals in Milwaukee and Kenosha). Generally speaking, the farther north you travel, the less snow you're likely to see.

Arctic air will surge into southern Wisconsin behind this storm system. Temperatures will tumble to the single digits Sunday morning for the first time since last February. Forecast highs are only in the lower teens Sunday afternoon. Wind chills Sunday and Monday morning will be well below zero.