Heavy snow possible in northwest Wis., winter storm watch issued

2013-11-04T10:15:00Z Heavy snow possible in northwest Wis., winter storm watch issuedBILL NOVAK | Madison.com | bnovak@madison.com | 608-252-6483 madison.com

Parts of northwest Wisconsin are bracing for what could be the first big snowstorm of the season, with up to six inches of heavy, wet snow possible.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from Tuesday afternoon to early Wednesday morning for seven Wisconsin counties, including Barron, Chippewa, Dunn, Pierce, Polk, Rusk and St. Croix Counties.

A strong low pressure system tracking from the southern Plains into Wisconsin by Tuesday night is expected to produce rain, at first, Tuesday afternoon, then change to snow later in the afternoon into the night.

The system is expected to bring considerable rain to southern Wisconsin, including Madison, but no snow.

The NWS said motorists should be careful driving in the first major snowstorm of the season.

"It also is likely to be a wet snow, and any trees with leaves left on them may be stressed, leading to broken tree limbs and isolated power outages," the NWS said.

NWS storm watches and warnings can be found online at http://alerts.weather.gov/cap/wi.php?x=1

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