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UPDATED: Friday, December 21, 2012 --- 4:48 p.m.

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From the Columbia Co. Sheriff's Office:

The Columbia County Board Chair, Andy Ross has declared a State of Emergency in Columbia County due to the snowstorm and extreme winds experienced in Columbia County.

Alliant Energy has indicated that they will not be able to restore power to all the customers that have lost power. Alliant has indicated that approximately 200 customers will not have their power restored this evening. Most of the customers without power are in the Arlington and Poynette area. People without power are encouraged to make arraignments to find a warm place for the night.

Those without power and in need of assistance please contact
211 or the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office can be reached at 608-742-4166

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UPDATED: Friday, December 21, 2012 --- 4:45 p.m.

Press Release from Ailliant Energy:

Alliant Energy workers continue to restore power to Wisconsin customers

Winter storm affected over 17,000 Alliant Energy customers across southern Wisconsin

Madison, Wis. – December 21, 2012 – Wisconsin Power and Light Co. (WPL), an Alliant Energy Company, continues to escalate its response to yesterday’s winter storm. Over 17,000 customers were left without power during the extended period of high winds and large snowfall. Alliant Energy, contractor and neighboring utility crews from around the state are on site in many of the hardest hit regions.

Crew members restoring power are supported by a team of Alliant Energy employees completing engineering efforts, staffing our call centers, operating our dispatch center, procuring needed supplies, and getting materials to the hard hit locations. Crews worked all day yesterday, throughout last night, and will continue to work until all customers are restored.

Road conditions, significant widespread outages in rural areas and extensive damage to electric structures, poles and lines are posing considerable challenges to the restoration effort. While steady progress is being made, we expect that it could be several hours or more before most customers have power and it is a possibility that electric service may not be fully restored to some rural customers until tomorrow.

As of 4:20 p.m. Central Standard Time, the homes and businesses of approximately 2,800 Alliant Energy customers in Wisconsin remained without electric service with approximately 1,200 of those customers located in Walworth County and the rest being scattered across several counties. Alliant Energy customers experiencing an electric outage are encouraged to call 1-800-ALLIANT (1-800-255-4268). If customers have an emergency, they should call 911 immediately. For additional assistance due to the cold and lack of power, customers can call 211 to reach a community resource specialist.

“This was a very powerful winter storm and the strongest part of it directly struck our electric service territory. We had damage stretching from southwest to northeast Wisconsin over miles and miles,” said Diane Schuler, Alliant Energy Director of Energy Delivery Resources. “We have all resources within our company, as well as additional contractor and utility crews focused on restoring power to impacted customers. We appreciate your patience and assure you we won’t stop until all customers are restored.”

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UPDATED: Friday, December 21, 2012 --- 11:23 a.m.

These reports are from the National Weather Service Offices in Milwaukee and
La Crosse. The Milwaukee Office hasn't put out their official totals for
all of their counties, so this list will likely need to be updated.

No reports out of Sauk County (Baraboo, Wisconsin Dells).

No reports out of Rock County (Janesville, Beloit, Edgerton).

No reports out of Marquette County.

No reports out of Lafayette County.

No reports of out Iowa County.

Some reports are still preliminary and actual totals may be raised.

...DANE COUNTY...
MIDDLETON 19.5
MADISON (OFFICIAL) 15.2 (Storm total, Yesterday totals – 13.3)
MADISON (SOUTH) 20.0
SUN PRAIRIE 15.0
OREGON 13.0
MCFARLAND 11.5

...DODGE COUNTY...
BEAVER DAM 20.1

...COLUMBIA COUNTY...
PORTAGE 15.6

...GREEN LAKE COUNTY...
GREEN LAKE 12.7

...JEFFERSON COUNTY...
WATERTOWN 11.0
...MONROE COUNTY...
FOUR CORNERS 8.3
WILTON 4E 7.0
TUNNEL CITY 6.4

...RICHLAND COUNTY...
RICHLAND CENTER 10.8
RICHLAND CENTER 1NW 10.0
LONE ROCK 10.0
RICHLAND CENTER 4N 8.5

...JUNEAU COUNTY...
MAUSTON 9.0
NEW LISBON 2N 7.0

...GRANT COUNTY...
PLATTEVILLE 14.0
UNION 13.3
MUSCODA 11.5
MUSCODA 6S 11.0
BAGLEY 10.5
PLATTEVILLE 1SSW 10.1
BOSCOBEL 9.5

..ADAMS COUNTY...
ADAMS 11.0
FRIENDSHIP 9.2
GRAND MARSH 8.0
BIG FLATS 7.0
ARKDALE 1N 5.8

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UPDATED: Friday, December 21, 2012 --- 8:05 a.m.

From Dane County Emergency Management:

Avoid County Roads – Continue to stay home!

County Roads are very affected by drifting and many are impassable. Many cars are stuck. Be very aware of changing conditions, one area can seem clear and then quickly change to large drifts. It is also important if you do drive to give sufficient following distance and clean off your cars well to avoid visual obstructions and flying snow.

As more cars come onto the county roads they are obstructing the ability for county highway to clear the roads!! This will also impact the emergency responders ability to respond to emergencies!

AVOID the following areas:
Highway 19 East into Marshall area
Highway Q from Middleton to Waunakee
Highway 73 near Highway PQ in Cambridge area
Highway G between Mount Vernon and Verona
Highway S north of Mount Horeb
Highway M near 113
Highway CV near 51 and Wheeler Rd

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UPDATED: Friday, December 21, 2012 -- 6:40 a.m.

From Iowa County Emergency Management:

Road Crews in Iowa County are working to clear the roads. The process is being hindered by numerous abandoned vehicles that are on the roads. Travel at this time is dangerous and is strongly discouraged.

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UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012--9:08 p.m.

Sidewalk Snow Removal Alert

The snow that started to fall on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 continued into Thursday evening. Due to the extent of this storm, all snow and ice that accumulated on Thursday, shall be removed the public sidewalks by 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 22, 2012. Ice that cannot be removed shall be treated with sand and/or salt to provide traction. Free sand can be found at the locations contained in the following link: http://www.cityofmadison.com/residents/winter/SnowIce/sand.cfm

Please help your elderly and disabled neighbors that may be incapable of dealing with this snowstorm.
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UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012--9:08 p.m.

Today's heavy snowfall has Madison firefighters responding to multiple reports of downed power lines. As of 8:30 this evening, firefighters had responded to 37 of these incidents.

Crews have worked to maintain safe areas around any live power lines that may pose a hazard to residents.

If you see wires down, assume they are energized and stay clear of them. Notify your utility company.

If it is safe to do so, clear tree limbs that may be heavily loaded with snow to prevent them from breaking and causing further damage. DO NOT attempt to remove a tree limb or other object from a power line. Electricity can travel through limbs, especially when they are wet.

If a broken power line should fall on your vehicle, stay inside the vehicle. Use your cell phone to call for help. The vehicle can become energized; you are safer remaining inside until help arrives.
If someone makes contact with a downed power line, don't try to rescue them because you risk becoming a victim yourself. Call 911 for help.
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UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 -- 6:46 p.m.

The opening of City of Madison offices and facilities will be delayed until 10 a.m. Friday, December 21. The opening is delayed to allow both staff and residents the opportunity to travel safely.
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UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 -- 6:17 p.m.

The Rock County area is officially under a blizzard warning until midnight tonight, with another six inches of snow falling till then. At midnight, high winds will be increasing significantly to 40-45mph, reducing visibility and increasing the amount of drifting snow on the roadways. Deputies are responding to several accidents at this time and citizens are being advised to avoid travel if at all possible.

The County Highway Shop will continue to plow roads until 8:00 PM this evening, when plows will be pulled from the roads until 4:00 AM, except for emergency contingency and plows on the interstate system. Citizens need to be aware that the Sheriff's Office is currently responding to road emergencies, and operators should be cautioned that response times may be significantly delayed.

Due to anticipated whiteout conditions, dangerous travelling conditions, and reduced emergency response times, motorists are being strongly cautioned to avoid travel if at all possible from now till noon, on Friday, December 21, 2012.

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UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 -- 6:08 p.m.

City of Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is advising anyone who relies on power for medical equipment, or who has a medical condition that is affected by a loss of power to call 911 for assistance.

Today's snowstorm has caused widespread power outages within the City of Madison. Current estimates are that approximately 2,000 customers are without power.

Road conditions are still treacherous and residents are advised not to travel. The City Streets Department is prepared to escort any emergency vehicles that experience difficulty in responding to calls.

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UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 -- 5:29 p.m.

Dane County remains under a state of emergency as the effects of today’s blizzard continue to lead to dangerous and deteriorating conditions on many roads and highways, County Executive Joe Parisi said. He also said since early afternoon, dozens of power outages have been reported.

Heavy snow has fallen throughout the day and didn't change to rain as initially forecast. Those snows combined with high winds have left many east-west roads difficult to drive on and in some cases impassable due to drifting.

While the snow is forecast to diminish through the evening, road conditions are expected to worsen through the overnight with forecasted wind gusts up to 50 and 60 miles per hour. Strong winds are forecast to continue through the day Friday resulting in continued drifting and difficult travel.

The state of emergency declaration allows the county to seek federal disaster reimbursement for its recovery costs related to the blizzard.

Due to the prolonged and dangerous nature of this storm, and the recommendation of the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and the Dane County Highway Commissioner, Dane County will close non-essential services and the Dane County Courthouse on Friday, December 21st.

Normal county operations will resume after the Christmas Eve and Christmas holidays on Wednesday, December 26th.

As of 3pm today, many power outages are being reported in the MG&E and Alliant energy utility areas. Utility crews have informed Dane County Emergency management that they will work through the night to attempt to restore power to those affected as quickly as possible.

Due to the weight of the snow and expected stronger winds there is a risk of additional power outages affecting the county. Numerous Dane County first response agencies have spent the afternoon responding to reports of downed power lines. Those who lose power are encouraged to immediately contact their utility provider.

People are encouraged to stay off the roads and refrain from traveling at this time.

Public safety services performed by the Dane County Sheriff’s Office, the Dane County Highway Department, and the 911 center will continue to operate as normal through the blizzard. Sheriff’s deputies will continue patrols, snow-plowing crews will continue efforts to clear highways and roads, and the 911 center remains fully-staffed. The 911 Center has experienced a nearly 60% increase in call volume today due to the storm.

The Dane County Executive’s Office along with the Departments of Emergency Management, Public Works and Highway, and the Sheriff’s Office are monitoring the blizzard and continuing to coordinate the county's response through the Emergency Operations Center. It will remain staff through the night and into tomorrow.
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UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 -- 4:01 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A ferocious winter storm has left thousands of Wisconsin residents without power and caused at least two major rollover crashes in Dane County.

State emergency officials say the storm has cut power to about 2,300 Madison Gas & Electric customers in the Madison area; nearly 1,900 Alliant Energy customers through south-central and southwestern Wisconsin; about 450 We Energies customers in the Oshkosh area; and nearly 3,000 Wisconsin Public Service Corporation customers in the Manitowoc and Two Rivers areas.

State officials say all the utilities are working to restore power.

Wisconsin State Patrol officials report a semi-trailer jackknifed on Interstate 39/90 near Stoughton. Another semi-trailer rolled over on I-90 near DeForest and Waunakee. The State Patrol says both accidents caused back-ups but have been cleared.

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UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 -- 1:40 p.m.

From the Wisconsin Department of Transportation:

Location: THROUGHOUT WISCONSIN

December 20, 2012

Winter storm warning causing hazardous driving conditions throughout Wisconsin

A winter storm warning is currently in effect statewide through Friday afternoon (December 21), with hazardous travel likely over the next two days. Conditions are expected to change rapidly. Heavy
snow and high winds will result in blizzard conditions and hazardous driving. Driving is expected to be especially treacherous today and could have life-threatening impacts. Motorists are advised to
cancel or delay travel plans.

Additionally, there is potential for significant travel impacts into Friday, with relatively heavy travel anticipated due to the extended holiday weekend. Snow fall is intensifying across the central part of the state along a path extending from Madison in the Southwest towards Green Bay in the Northeast. Total accumulations throughout the day and into the evening could exceed one foot.

In the Southeast near Milwaukee, rain will begin to freeze and change to snow this afternoon. This will create very hazardous driving conditions during the afternoon rush hour. Interstate and state highway travelers particularly commercial vehicles are likely to find travel through the state between Chicago and the Twin Cities very difficult, and may encounter life-threatening conditions.
Oversize/overweight permits are currently suspended. Motor carriers may check the DOT Web site for further information.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises that travelers check winter road conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting Wisconsin 511 online at www.511wi.gov.

If motorists must drive during the storm, please be prepared:
- Plan ahead and allow plenty of extra time for travel.
- Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights before driving.
- Go slow. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
- Watch for slippery bridge decks which ice up sooner than pavement.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows.
- Drive alert, sober and leave plenty of room for stopping.
- Dont use cruise control in wintry conditions.
- Always wear seatbelts and keep both hands on the wheel.
- Keep a charged cell phone handy.
- Keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle.
- Inform someone of your travel plans and approximate arrival time.
Additional winter driving tips can be found on the WisDOT Web site at
www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/motorist/winterdriving/index.htm.

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UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 -- 12:15 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- About 100 Wisconsin National Guard members activated to respond to any calls for assistance related to the storm are standing by at armories around the state.

Guard Capt. Kristin Boustany said Thursday that so far they have not received any calls for help. The guard members were called to active duty to help stranded motorists, assist in closing roads and do any welfare checks on those affected by the winter storm.

Armories in Oconomowoc, Portage, Oak Creek, Milwaukee, Appleton, Beloit, Richland Center and Madison are staffed by guard members and serve as emergency shelters.

The Wisconsin State Patrol is cautioning against non-essential travel.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 -- 10:39 a.m.

(AP) -- People across Wisconsin are coping with the season's first major snow storm.

Osseo woke up to at least 10 inches of snow but the Norske Nook restaurant and bakery is open. Owner Jean Zingshiem says the area is used to what she calls "blizzardy" conditions and the weather won't upset her business.

In Madison, Bill Riggins rode his bicycle about five miles to his job at the University of Wisconsin because he says it would have been more trouble to drive. Riggins says the trip took him about 40 minutes instead of the usual 25 and he figures getting home tonight will take about an hour as conditions worsen.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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UPDATED: Thursday, December 20, 2012 -- 4:55 a.m.

From the Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Winter storm warning has created hazardous driving conditions throughout Wisconsin. In addition, blizzard conditions are expected to develop as winds increase early Thursday morning.

A winter storm warning is currently in effect through Friday afternoon (December 21). Hazardous travel is likely over the next two days across much of the state. The heavy snow and high winds will
result in blizzard conditions and hazardous driving. Driving is expected to be especially treacherous today and could have life threatening impacts. Motorists may want to cancel or delay travel plans.

Additionally, there is potential for significant travel impacts into Friday, with relatively heavy travel anticipated due to the extended holiday weekend.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises that travelers check winter road conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting Wisconsin 511 online at www.511wi.gov.

If motorists must drive during the storm, please be prepared:
- Plan ahead and allow plenty of extra time for travel.
- Clear snow and ice from all windows and lights before driving.
- Go slow. Remember the posted speed limits are for dry pavement.
- Watch for slippery bridge decks which ice up sooner than pavement.
- Leave room for maintenance vehicles and plows.
- Drive alert, sober and leave plenty of room for stopping.
- Dont use cruise control in wintry conditions.
- Always wear seatbelts and keep both hands on the wheel.
- Keep a charged cell phone handy.
- Keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle.
- Inform people (friends, family) of your travel plans and approximate arrival time.

Additional winter driving tips can be found on the WisDOT Web site at
www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/motorist/winterdriving/index.htm.
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is readying the troops as a strong winter storm makes its way to Wisconsin.

Walker Wednesday declared a State of Emergency as the storm advances toward the Badger State. The order mobilizes state resources, including the Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin National Guard, the State Patrol and other agencies.

The State Patrol is recommending against travel during the storm.

Forecasters say the storm will include blizzard conditions. The heaviest snow is expected to arrive after midnight and continue throughout the day on Thursday. Wind gusts of up to 45 mph by Thursday afternoon should make travel treacherous.

The National Weather Service posted blizzard warnings for at least eight south central counties for Thursday afternoon.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, December 19, 2012 --- 1:00 p.m.

DENVER (AP) -- A storm that has dumped more than a foot of snow in the Rocky Mountains could cause headaches for travelers in the Midwest.

Drivers in Iowa and Nebraska are being warned to be careful or stop driving altogether starting Wednesday evening as the first major winter storm of the season heads into the central Plains. Strong winds are expected to create blizzard conditions.

Light snow is also expected at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Thursday and strong winds could make visibility poor. National Weather Service forecaster Jamie Enderlen says that, combined with low clouds, could cause delays at the nation's second-busiest airport.

Delays at Denver's airport, the fifth-busiest, were averaging 30 minutes because of snow and ice Wednesday. Interstates in Colorado remained open.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press

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UPDATED Wednesday, December 19, 2012 --- 12:46 p.m.

From the Governor's Office:

Madison – Today, Governor Walker issued an Executive Order declaring a State of Emergency in response to the upcoming winter storm. Heavy snowfall and strong winds are expected to be moving across the state beginning on December 19, 2012. The Executive Order will ready the Wisconsin Emergency Management, the Wisconsin National Guard, the State Patrol, and other Wisconsin state agencies.

“I issued this executive order to make sure Wisconsin is prepared for whatever this winter storm may bring,” Governor Walker said. “Mobilizing our state agency resources during this storm will ensure we leave nothing to chance when it comes to protecting the citizens of Wisconsin.”

The Wisconsin State Patrol and the National Weather Service are urging citizens to avoid traveling. Emergency Operation Centers (E.O.C.) will open tonight at 8 PM when the E.O.C. status is changed to level 3. Level 4 is the status under normal conditions. Changing the level will be the first stage of activation for Wisconsin Emergency Managment. The Department of Administration will be the point of contact regarding all state closures.

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UPDATED Wednesday, December 19, 2012 --- 12:15 p.m.

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST IOWA...
AND SOUTHWEST INTO CENTRAL WISCONSIN.

.DAY ONE...THOUGH TONIGHT

A BLIZZARD WARNING GOES INTO EFFECT TONIGHT AT 6 PM AND WILL LAST
UNTIL MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT. HEAVY SNOW WILL BEGIN TO FALL TONIGHT
WITH SNOWFALL RATES OF ONE TO TWO INCHES PER HOUR TIMES. 8 TO 10
INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED BY DAY BREAK THURSDAY MORNING.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH CHRISTMAS DAY

HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO FALL THROUGH THURSDAY WITH AN ADDITIONAL
6 TO 8 INCHES EXPECTED...BRINGING THE STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL TO 14 TO
18 INCHES WITH LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE. NORTHWEST WINDS
WILL RAPIDLY INCREASE WITH WINDS OF 20 TO 30 MPH AND GUSTS TO 40 MPH
EXPECTED. THESE STRONG WINDS...COMBINED WITH THE HEAVY SNOWFALL...
WILL LEAD TO BLIZZARD CONDITIONS THURSDAY.

ONLY EMERGENCY TRAVEL SHOULD BE ATTEMPTED ON THURSDAY. STAY IN AND
BE SAFE. SPORADIC POWER OUTAGES ARE POSSIBLE AS WELL.

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UPDATED Wednesday, December 19, 2012 --- 10:53 a.m.

...MAJOR WINTER STORM TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT...

A STRONG LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM DEVELOPING OVER THE PANHANDLE OF
TEXAS TODAY WILL TRACK NORTHEAST INTO THE GREAT LAKES REGION AS A
MAJOR WINTER STORM ON THURSDAY. CONFIDENCE IS HIGH THAT THERE
WILL BE A PARALYZING SNOW STORM IN PORTIONS OF WISCONSIN...WITH
BLIZZARD OR NEAR-BLIZZARD CONDITIONS LIKELY.
MARQUETTE-GREEN LAKE-SAUK-COLUMBIA-IOWA-DANE-LAFAYETTE-GREEN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MONTELLO...BERLIN...BARABOO...PORTAGE...
WISCONSIN DELLS...DODGEVILLE...MADISON...DARLINGTON...MONROE
1026 AM CST WED DEC 19 2012

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING
TO NOON CST THURSDAY...
...BLIZZARD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO MIDNIGHT
CST THURSDAY NIGHT...

THE BLIZZARD WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO
MIDNIGHT CST THURSDAY NIGHT. A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN
EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST THURSDAY.

* TIMING...THE MORE SIGNIFICANT SNOW WILL BEGIN THIS EVENING AND
DIMINISH THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. HEAVIEST SNOW
EXPECTED FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO ABOUT NOON THURSDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...12 TO 17 INCHES. THUNDERSNOW WITH RATES
OF 2 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR MAY BRIEFLY OCCUR.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH TONIGHT BECOMING NORTHWEST 20
TO 30 MPH ON THURSDAY...WITH GUSTS OF 35 TO 45 MPH.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL BECOMING DIFFICULT TONIGHT AND CONTINUING
THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING. SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND DRIFTING
SNOW AND POTENTIAL FOR NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY...WHITEOUTS...AND
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS
AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF
YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET
STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 18, 2012 --- 4:10 p.m.

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM WEDNESDAY TO NOON CST
THURSDAY...
...BLIZZARD WATCH IN EFFECT THURSDAY AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN HAS ISSUED A
WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW...WHICH IS IN
EFFECT FROM 6 PM WEDNESDAY TO NOON CST THURSDAY. A BLIZZARD WATCH
HAS ALSO BEEN ISSUED. THIS BLIZZARD WATCH IS IN EFFECT THURSDAY
AFTERNOON.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL DIMINISH THIS AFTERNOON AND END. THE
MORE SIGNIFICANT SNOW WILL BEGIN WEDNESDAY EVENING AND DIMINISH
THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. HEAVIEST SNOW EXPECTED FROM
EARLY THURSDAY MORNING TO ABOUT NOON THURSDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...10 TO 16 INCHES. THUNDERSNOW WITH RATES OF
2 TO 3 INCHES PER HOUR MAY BRIEFLY OCCUR.

* WINDS...NORTHEAST 10 TO 20 MPH WEDNESDAY NIGHT BECOMING
NORTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH ON THURSDAY...WITH GUSTS OF 35 TO 40 MPH.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL BECOMING DIFFICULT LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND
CONTINUING THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING. SIGNIFICANT BLOWING AND
DRIFTING SNOW AND POTENTIAL FOR NEAR ZERO VISIBILITY...WHITEOUTS...
AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW
ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN
EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...
FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

A BLIZZARD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FALLING AND/OR
BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND EXTREMELY POOR VISIBILITIES.
THIS CAN LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND MAKE TRAVEL VERY
DANGEROUS.

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 18, 2012 --- 1:42 p.m.

Press Release from Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs:

Major storm headed toward Wisconsin
Plan now for possible problems

(MADISON) – A strong winter storm is expected to affect much of Wisconsin starting Wednesday night lasting through Thursday. The National Weather Service is predicting snowfall reaching almost 12 inches from Grant County northeast to Door County with smaller but significant accumulations elsewhere.

Now is the time to get ready for the storm. Get your vehicles and home ready. Here are a few simple things you can do:

Have an emergency winter weather survival kit in your vehicle. Your kit should include water, snack food such as energy bars or raisins, first aid kit and booster cables. If you have a cell phone make sure you have a power adapter you can plug into the lighter. You can find more tip kits on our website… http://readywisconsin.wi.gov

Check the roads and take your time. You may need to delay or cancel travel plans on Thursday. Call 511 or go to www.511wi.gov for the latest road conditions across Wisconsin. You can also go to our website for a regional travel map which covers North and South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/511/default.asp. Make sure you plan extra time if you travel. Roads may become icy and snow packed. Also, keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle in case of an emergency and let friends and family know where you are traveling to and when you should arrive.

Get supplies for your home. Make sure your home emergency kit is stocked with food that can be stored and eaten without electricity, in case there is a power outage. Also, make sure you have extra water, flashlights with extra batteries and medications. For a complete list of kit items go to our website: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/kit/GetKit.asp

Stay informed. ReadyWisconsin will keep you posted on any emergencies that occur during the storm. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/readywisconsin) or Twitter (www.twitter.com/readywisconsin) for updates.

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 18, 2012 --- 11:14 a.m.

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI

MARQUETTE-GREEN LAKE-FOND DU LAC-SHEBOYGAN-SAUK-COLUMBIA-DODGE-
WASHINGTON-OZAUKEE-IOWA-DANE-JEFFERSON-WAUKESHA-MILWAUKEE-
LAFAYETTE-GREEN-ROCK-WALWORTH-RACINE-KENOSHA-

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL
WISCONSIN...SOUTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN.

.DAY ONE...REST OF TODAY AND TONIGHT

A BAND OF MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW SPREADING INTO SOUTHERN WISCONSIN
TODAY WILL BRING A QUICK SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 3 INCHES FOR
PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN THROUGH EARLY
EVENING. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY

A STRONG STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO TRACK FROM THE SOUTHERN PLAINS
INTO THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES REGION WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY.
A HEAVY SNOW BAND WILL DEVELOP AND AFFECT PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN
WISCONSIN...WITH THE LOCATION OF THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL DEPENDING ON
THE TRACK OF THE LOW AND HOW COLD THE TEMPERATURES ARE.

RAIN MAY INITIALLY AFFECT PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN WISCONSIN...
ESPECIALLY FAR EASTERN AND SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN...NEAR THE
RELATIVELY MILD WATERS OF LAKE MICHIGAN. STRONG WINDS DEVELOPING
BY THURSDAY AFTERNOON WILL ALSO BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR
CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.

CONFIDENCE IS HIGH THAT THERE WILL BE A PARALYZING SNOWSTORM
ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN...WITH BLIZZARD OR NEAR BLIZZARD
CONDITIONS POSSIBLE. THUS...A WINTER STORM WATCH HAS BEEN ISSUED
ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN...WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE FAR
SOUTHEAST INCLUDING MILWAUKEE...RACINE AND KENOSHA. THE WINTER
STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY.

EVERYONE SHOULD PLAN AHEAD FOR THIS CRIPPLING SNOW STORM LATER
THIS WEEK.

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UPDATED Monday, December 17, 2012 --- 11:40 a.m.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
1118 AM CST MON DEC 17 2012

...MAJOR WINTER STORM POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY...

.A MAJOR WINTER STORM IS EXPECTED TO TAKE SHAPE OVER THE PANHANDLE
OF TEXAS ON WEDNESDAY AND TRACK NORTHEAST INTO THE GREAT LAKES
REGION ON THURSDAY. THIS STORM HAS BEEN PROJECTED BY MANY OF OUR
LONG RANGE COMPUTER MODELS FOR THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS. CONFIDENCE IS
HIGH THAT THERE WILL BE A PARALYZING SNOW STORM IN THE WESTERN
WIZ046-047-051-056>058-062-063-067-180130-
/O.NEW.KMKX.WS.A.0005.121220T0000Z-121221T0000Z/
MARQUETTE-GREEN LAKE-FOND DU LAC-SAUK-COLUMBIA-DODGE-IOWA-DANE-
LAFAYETTE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MONTELLO...BERLIN...FOND DU LAC...
BARABOO...PORTAGE...WISCONSIN DELLS...BEAVER DAM...DODGEVILLE...
MADISON...DARLINGTON
1118 AM CST MON DEC 17 2012

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH
THURSDAY AFTERNOON...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN HAS ISSUED A
WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING
THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* TIMING...SNOW BEGINS WEDNESDAY EVENING AND DIMINISHES THURSDAY
AFTERNOON.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...7 TO 11 INCHES WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS
POSSIBLE.

* WINDS...BECOMING NORTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH ON THURSDAY WITH GUSTS
TO 35 MPH POSSIBLE.

* IMPACTS...HEAVY SNOW WOULD CAUSE RAPIDLY DETERIORATING TRAVEL
CONDITIONS. SOME THUNDER SNOW IS POSSIBLE. THE STRONG NORTHWEST
WINDS WOULD CAUSE CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH
POTENTIAL WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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Posted: Monday, December 17, 2012 -- 7:20 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A storm expected to hit Wisconsin this week could leave as much as a foot of snow in the Madison area.

A Wisconsin State Journal report says forecasters are predicting 6 to 12 inches could fall along a line from Monroe to Madison, Beaver Dam and Fond du Lac.

The National Weather Service says the storm is expected to hit Wednesday night into Thursday.

The agency says gusty winds up to 40 mph could create blizzard conditions.

Areas along Lake Michigan are expected to receive more rain than snow because of winds off the lake.

Meteorologists are expecting temperatures this week from the mid-20s to high 30s.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press


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