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Winter Weather Advisory expires

CREATED Dec 18, 2012 - UPDATED: Dec 21, 2012

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  • It's here. The storm we've been predicting for days is slamming into the area.

  • The storm has developed exactly as we expected the past few days with heavy snow in the NW with 6-12" of snow in Fond du Lac and Dodge counties and 2" of rain from Racine, Milwaukee and Grafton.

  • Rain continues to change to snow and as of 2pm it was snowing in Cedarburg and Waukesha.

  • The forecast for Milwaukee is for rain changing to snow this afternoon and it will snow, and heavy at times, through the evening hours with accumulations of 2-6" by midnight. The lighter amounts will be near the lake and the higher amounts toward Waukesha.

  • The winds are increasing out of the north at 20-40 mph and will get stronger throughout the evening and overnight with gusts up to 50 mph. Wind chills will be in the single digits overnight with flurries.

  • - A blizzard warning is in effect from 12:00 p.m. Thursday until 3:00 a.m. Friday for Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson and Jefferson Counties | A winter storm warning is in effect from 2:00 p.m. Thursday until 3:00 a.m. Friday for Waukesha, Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Walworth

  • A winter storm warning is in effect from 5:00 p.m. Thursday until 3:00 a.m. Friday for Milwaukee, Kenosha and Racine Counties

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10:00 a.m.

A Winter Weather Advisory for Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson and Sheboygan Counties has expired.

4:30 a.m.
TODAY'S TMJ4 Reporter Todd Hicks is in Shorewood.  There's concern there about standing watery slush on the roads that could freeze.  Click Here to watch Todd's report.

4:25 a.m.
TODAY'S TMJ4 Reporter Nick Montes is checking out conditions in Waukesha County this morning.  He says roads are passable, but snow covered.  Click Here to watch Nick's report.

4:23 a.m.
Click Here to see Scott Steele's forecast this morning.

4:10 a.m.
Dodge County Sheriff's officials say they're busy fishing cars out of ditches this morning.

1:00 a.m.
The National Weather Service has downgraded the type of weather warning for our area.  Most counties are now under a Winter Weather Advisory.  However, the length of time that we are under that advisory has been extended until 10 this morning.

8:00 p.m.
Schools are beginning to close for Friday.  Click Here for the complete list.

5:54 p.m.
About 10,000 We Energies customers have lost power.  Details on big outages here.

5:48 p.m.
The snow isn't done, says Storm Team 4's John Malan.  Expect a couple more inches to fall in most areas.

5:23 p.m.
The Bloodcenter of Wisconsin experienced a number of cancellations due to inclement weather today.  Therefore, they're trying to get people to donate this weekend and help out with a great need.

People can donate at these locations Saturday until 3:00 p.m. with extended hours:
- Brown Deer – 5960 W. Brown Deer Road
- Greenfield -  7210 W. Edgerton Avenue
- Racine – 1120 S. Sunnyslope Road
- Waukesha – 2111 Springdale Road
- Wauwatosa – 8733 Watertown Plank Road
- West Bend – 130 Valley Avenue

5:20 p.m.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Annie Scholz found a young girl in Menomonee Falls who has been begging for a chance to enjoy snow.  It finally came.

5:07 p.m.
The theme is the same in West Bend and New Berlin, where Cody Holyoke and Charles Benson respectively reported slushy conditions that could become extremely slick as colder weather sets in.

4:19 p.m.
More snow emergencies are coming in.

4:15 p.m.
Snow totals:
12.5 Beaver Dam
11.8 Lake Mills
11.4 Madison
11.0 West Bend
10.0 Hartford
9.2 Fond du Lac

4:05 p.m.
Snow is coming down in "huge flakes," as shown by Michael Fish live on TODAY'S TMJ4.

3:58 p.m.
AirTran and Southwest say they have canceled all flights leaving Milwaukee today.  Check your flight here.

3:58 p.m.
Jermont Terry shows us an example of the treacherous driving conditions hitting Washington County.

3:44 p.m.
It's snowing at the WTMJ Studios!  Michael Fish stood under it as the first flakes flew.  (Don't be fooled by the big puddles in the video.)

3:18 p.m.
Storm Team 4Caster Brian Gotter says that it's possible for a snowburst to fall on the Milwaukee area.

What's a snowburst?  How about 2"-5" of snow in an hour?

Here's the rest of his afternoon Storm Team 4Cast.

2:51 p.m.
Snow has reached Milwaukee County!  A viewer from Wauwatosa named Jennifer reports snow falling in Wauwatosa.

2:29 p.m.
It's snowing in Waukesha, according to Brian Gotter.

2:14 p.m.
Michael Fish tells us winds in Milwaukee have shifted to a northerly direction.  You know what that means.  Snow in Milwaukee soon.

2:08 p.m.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Erik Bilstad, who lives in Menomonee Falls, says the snow has reached there.  Milwaukee will come soon.

2:00 p.m.
"They might as well call this place Wet Bend." - TODAY'S TMJ4's Cody Holoyke.  Here's why.

1:39 p.m.
The dividing line between rain and snow has crept into Waukesha County.  Check out more with our Interactive Radar.

12:56 p.m.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Annie Scholz put it best in describing the rainy conditions in New Berlin: "Pretty miserable."

12:43 p.m.
Here's some precipitation totals:

Snow: Beaver Dam: 8.5", West Bend: 7.5", Holy Hill: 6"
Rain: Milwaukee: 1.29"

12:41 p.m.
"The worst part is in the driveway, where they plowed, because (the snow) caked.  You have to keeping going back and forth," said a man in Beaver Dam to TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes.

12:22 p.m.
Storm Team 4's Brian Gotter says it will be a "very interesting commute today when you go home from work. 

It all has to do with the upcoming temperature drop, and how that will affect snowfall in our area.

11:59 a.m.
Milwaukeeans are asking, "Where's the snow?"  Michael Fish says to be patient.  It's coming.

11:35 a.m.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Jermont Terry drove I-94 in Jefferson County.  He says there's a chance that temperatures could drop, leading to an extremely slick freeway there.

11:20 a.m.
Who wants a job with the Packers?  There's a bunch available tomorrow!

The job description: shoveler.  They need Lambeau Field cleared for Sunday's game.

11:02 a.m.
Basketball games are played indoors, but the impending snow in Milwaukee is forcing Marquette to change a game time today.

Marquette Athletics has moved ahead its women's basketball game against Dartmouth at the Al McGuire Center from 7:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. due to the weather to come.

10:57 a.m.
There's a "cheesy" way to melt know.  Who knew?  Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jodi Becker "investigates."

10:20 a.m.
A number of flights have already been canceled from Mitchell International Airport today, and more could be as snow heads south toward Milwaukee.

Click here to check your departure from Mitchell Airport.  As always, check with your airline, too.

10:05 a.m.
Just because areas in Milwaukee County weren't walloped by snow earlier this morning doesn't mean weather hasn't caused problems.

Whitefish Bay Middle School lost power due to a fallen tree branch after heavy rain there.

9:35 a.m.
You may want to plow/shovel your driveway now.  If you don't, you could have major problems later.  A snowplow driver explains why to TODAY'S TMJ4's Tom Murray.

9:21 a.m.
Is this what your backyard and patio look like this morning?

8:41 a.m.
Gene's Snow Team (Gene being Newsradio 620 WTMJ "Wisconsin's Morning News" host Gene Mueller) has helped out a pair of families in West Bend this morning.

They shoveled and plowed out two homes in that snow-socked city.

Check out our Photo Gallery with our team doing the job - including upper management helping out!

8:20 a.m.
Nick Montes checked out snowfall...rather, snow horizontally blow in Beaver Dam.

He saw about two inches fall in an hour.

7:43 a.m.
No, this young man's forecast for the Wisconsin blizzard isn't entirely accurate.

But it's going viral on YouTube, garnering laughs along the way.

Check it out!

7:02 a.m.
This morning, drivers in Milwaukee County are not experiencing the high levels of snow that have been seen in areas like Pewaukee and Beaver Dam.

That will change. 

Scott Steele tells us of the snowy wallop drivers will experience on the freeways as they head home during their afternoon commute.

6:41 a.m.
Power outage numbers are fluctuating throughout the morning.

As of a few minutes ago, We Energies reported about 1,800 customers without power.

6:18 a.m.
Scott Steele gives us a fantastic picture of how the heavy snow, right now in Waukesha, Dodge, Washington and other western counties, will move toward Milwaukee County and the east.

Check out his full Storm Team 4 Forecast.

5:59 a.m.
Gene's Snow Team from Newsradio 620 WTMJ is heading to West Bend and shoveling out the home of Debbie.  In that city, a caller says that they put their ruler into the ground and found 8" of snow.

In Milwaukee: rain.  Almost no snow.  38 degrees at Radio City.

5:46 a.m.
TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes is in Beaver Dam, where conditions are brutal.  He tells of how a gas station manager has been spending more time shoveling than doing anything else this morning.

5:25 a.m.
Snow is providing a mixed bag on the roads in Western Waukesha County.  TODAY'S TMJ4's om Murray gives details from Pewaukee.

5:06 a.m.
The list of snow closings is already increasing.  Among the major school districts with their doors closed for today: Arrowhead, Menomonee Falls, West Bend.

Click here for closings.

4:55 a.m.
It's here.  

The storm we've been predicting for days is slamming into the area.

The storm is already producing snowfall in our far Western communities, while the east hangs on to rain.  

Everyone will transition to a period of moderate and even heavy snow for a time from West to East as the day progresses.  

By afternoon, all of Southeast Wisconsin will be experiencing significant snowfall with some embedded areas of thundersnow which has a potential of piling up at an inch or two per hour!  

In addition, winds will whip out of the Northwest leading to blowing and drifting snow with near zero visibility at times and blizzard conditions, particularly to the Northwest of Milwaukee.  

The snow will continue through the evening and diminish again from West to East.  

Skies will clear, leading to plenty of sunshine on Friday, but with continued blowing and drifting snow, travel may remain troublesome.

Visibilities will be diminished at times and plowed roads may become snow covered and slippery again. 

The colder air settles in for the weekend keeping the snow in place for the foreseeable future.

Thursday's Storm Team 4Cast from Scott Steele:

Rain/snow mix changing to snow and windy
4"-10"+ far Northwest...2"-4" to the South and East
High:  Near 38
Wind: NW 15-25 mph gusting to 30

Tonight: Snow tapering off Northwest but heavy snow Southeast
Windy with blowing and drifting snow
Low:  Near 22
Wind: NW 25-35 mph gusting to 45 mph

Friday: Snow ending early, becoming mostly sunny, windy, and colder
Blowing and drifting snow
High:  Near 27
Wind: NW 20-30 mph gusting to 40

Friday night: Clear, windy, and seasonally cold
Low:  Near 16
Wind: NW 10-20 mph gusting to 25 mph

Saturday: Sunny with a seasonal chill
High:  Near 28