Forecast of at least 2 inches of snow for Milwaukee, Lakeside Counties

Two rounds of impending snow are expected by the end of the week to cover already icy sidewalks and driveways in the Milwaukee area.

Forecasters are expecting about a half inch of snow Wednesday night through Thursday morning, then another heavier accumulation Thursday night through Friday that should drop at least two inches of powder.

Higher totals Thursday are likely near the lake, where accumulations could, in some areas, reach more than four inches, according to Kevin Wagner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Sullivan.

“With the wind blowing off the lake, we’re looking at lake improvement,” Wagner said.

The snowfall follows a long-lasting winter storm that brought freezing drizzle to parts of southern Wisconsin and prompted a temporary declaration of a “weather emergency” from acting Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson.

Wednesday evening, lake-effect flurries are expected to develop and move onto the shore, bringing about a half inch to lakeshore counties through Thursday morning, according to the Weather Service forecast. Wednesday’s high temperature will hover in the low 20s.

Forecasts call for a light, fluffy snowfall Thursday evening that could deposit four inches or more of snow on the river counties.

“It could start as early as noon, but the best chances are more towards the evening,” Wagner said. “It will be about two to four inches from Sheboygan to Walworth County, and about one to two inches inland.”

Temperatures will warm slightly on Thursday, with highs in the mid to high 20s, but forecasts do not call for temperatures above freezing until Saturday.

This means snow will have no problem sticking to the ground, so motorists should travel with caution.

The cold will persist early next week but could break out on Tuesday when the high temperature could reach near 40.

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