NWS 12-7-17
Natiional Weather Service

Madison residents might have to break out the snow shovels Friday night, as the first accumulating snow of the season is in the forecast.

Forecasters are looking at up to two inches of snow in the Madison area Friday night, with less snow to the southwest and more snow to the north and east of Dane County.

Before the snow, we can expect skies to clear on Thursday but temperatures to stay below normal, with a high of 26.

27 Storm Track meteorologist Branden Borremans said Friday should start out partly cloudy with a high of 30, then clouds thicken, with light snow falling at night.

Saturday looks dry but cold with a high of 25 and winds gusting up to 30 mph.

The National Weather Service said the high on Sunday should be close to the normal 32, under mostly sunny skies.

Light snow could fall on Monday with a high of 34.

Borremans said Tuesday through next Thursday will be very cold, with highs in the low to mid-20s each day, with a few flurries on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Wednesday's high in Madison was 31, 2 degrees below normal and 25 degrees below the record high of 56 for Dec. 6, set in 1998.

The low on Wednesday was 18, 1 degree below normal and 29 degrees above the record low of -11 for the date, set in 1972.

A trace of snow fell at the airport, keeping the December and meteorological winter (December through February) totals at 0.47 inches, 0.04 inches above normal.

The record precipitation total on Dec. 6 was 1.32 inches in 1884.

Since Jan. 1, Madison has received 38.02 inches of precipitation (rain and melted snow), 4.85 inches above normal.

The record snowfall on Dec. 6 was 5.7 inches in 1994.

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Bill Novak is a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.