By LISA M. REED
IRON MOUNTAIN - Wintry weather is forecasted for tonight and wet snow is expected Thursday and Friday, the National Weather Service announced.
Up to 4 to 8 inches of snow is possible in the Dickinson County area.
National Weather Service bureaus in Green Bay and Marquette have issued a hazardous weather outlook in Wisconsin and a special weather statement in the Upper Peninsula.
The National Weather Service in Green Bay issued a hazardous weather outlook for north central and northeast Wisconsin, including Florence and northern Marinette counties.
Wintry weather is expected over Wisconsin tonight. Officials said some ice accumulations are possible across the region.
The Green Bay area saw a ground covering of snow overnight. Hazardous driving conditions are expected again tonight.
The wintry weather will continue over Wisconsin Thursday and Friday. Accumulating snow is likely especially across northern Wisconsin Thursday and Thursday night.
Runoff from snow melt and widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts near 3 inches will cause some rivers to rise to above flood stage in central and east central Wisconsin this week, officials said.
A flood watch remains in affect for central Wisconsin through Thursday.
Due to heavy, wet snow expected Thursday into Friday night, the National Weather Service in Marquette has issued a special weather statement for the U.P., including Dickinson and Iron Counties.
Officials said a late season winter storm developing over the mid-Mississippi Valley could bring wet heavy snow to much of the west and central Upper Peninsula Thursday into Friday night as it tracks toward the Great Lakes.
Snow should begin late tonight over the south central U.P., and then will spread north and east across the rest of the U.P. on Thursday.
Some sleet could mix in with the snow over the south central U.P. late tonight into Thursday.
Weather officials said snow is expected to become heavy at times late Thursday into Friday
before tapering off late Friday night and early Saturday.
Total snowfall accumulation of 4 to 8 inches is possible across much of west and central U.P. with up to 10 inches possible over the higher terrain of western Marquette and Baraga counties.
Officials warn that the snow will be very wet and heavy, and that shoveling and snow plowing will be difficult. This mix will also make for slippery roads and hazardous travel conditions Thursday into Friday night, officials said.
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