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Madison — A winter storm is expected to affect most of southern Wisconsin starting Saturday afternoon and continuing through early Monday morning.

The National Weather Service is forecasting light to moderate rates of snowfall with total accumulations of up to nine inches for southern Wisconsin including Milwaukee, with lesser amounts to the north. Winds at 10 to 15 mph will create some blowing and drifting snow.

Snowfall accumulations of 4 to 7 inches are expected for areas south of Interstate 94 this weekend and a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday. It continues to look like the heaviest snows will fall south of Interstate 90. Travel is expected to be difficult while it is snowing.

Look for the snow to move into southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa early Saturday afternoon. The snow will then spread into Wisconsin late Saturday afternoon into the evening. The heaviest period of snowfall is expected to be Saturday night. The snow should then taper off Sunday afternoon and evening. If traveling this weekend, plan ahead for the hazardous winter driving conditions.

Behind the snow, cold air will move in next week. Temperatures in the single digits above and below zero are expected. Add in the wind, and night time wind chills will make it feel like 10 to 25 below zero.

ReadyWisconsin is warning people about the upcoming storm and precautions you and your family should take to keep safe.

If you must travel allow plenty of extra time for your trip. Also keep at least a half tank of gas in your vehicle and inform friends and family of your travel plans and approximate arrival time.

Check the roads before you travel. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises travelers check road conditions before leaving home by calling 5-1-1 or visiting www.511wi.gov.

Have an emergency winter weather survival kit in your vehicle. Your kit should include water, snack food such as energy bars or raisins, blankets, first aid kit and booster cables. If you have a cell phone make sure you have a power adapter you can plug into the lighter. You can find more kit tips at ReadyWisconsin: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/winter/HowToMakeAKit.asp

Get supplies for your home. Make sure your home emergency kit is stocked with food that can be stored and prepared without electricity. For a complete list of kit items go to ReadyWisconsin at http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/kit/GetKit.asp

Stay informed. ReadyWisconsin will keep you posted on any emergencies that occur during the storm. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ReadyWisconsin is a campaign from Wisconsin Emergency Management with a mission to prepare individuals, families and businesses for emergencies and disasters.

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