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First major snowstorm expected for northern Wisconsin

RICE LAKE, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Northern Wisconsin is bracing for its first major snow-storm of the season. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory from this morning through Wednesday evening in Douglas and Burnett counties in the far northwest, where 2-to-5 inches could fall through tonight -- and more than 8-inches are possible through Wednesday as several waves of snow move through.

Further south, 3-to-4 inches are projected for tonight and early tomorrow in places like Rice Lake and Amery.

Far north central and northeast Wisconsin could get 5-to-9 inches, tapering to 1-to-3 inches south of a line from Wisconsin Rapids to Shawano.

Weather Service forecasters in Green Bay say the region could also get freezing drizzle through mid-week -- but no advisories are out yet for that area. The most likely chances for snow are this evening in central areas, and again late tomorrow. In southern Wisconsin, snow and light rain are possible as a low pressure system pushes a cold front through the state the next couple days.

Once it passes, the coldest air of the season is due in. By Friday, highs in Wisconsin could range from the single-digits above zero in the north to the teens in the south. The cold snap is now expected to be with us through next weekend.