Weather: Winter Storm Watch in effect tonight

Weather: Winter Storm Watch in effect tonight

Don't expect afternoon or evening travel to see much improvement either, as steady snow will continue for most of the region through roughly 5:00 - 8:00 PM.

The latest statement from the National Weather Service Thursday afternoon on an approaching winter storm indicates even higher accumulations of snow are expected.

Heading into the weekend the biggest concern for SW Montana will be the bitter cold temperatures especially during the morning as wind chills will likely dip below zero Saturday.

Great Falls is now expected to only pick up 1-3 inches of snow through Friday.

Large swathes of the Midwestern United States is gearing up for nearly one foot of snow as a major storm forced schools and government buildings to close while grounding over 1,100 flights throughout the region on Friday.

Winter Storm Liam's path is bringing a combination of ice, snow, and rain across the Ohio Valley and the Northeast on Wednesday, causing thousands of flight delays and hundreds of cancelations across the country.

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In southeastern MI, a winter storm watch is in effect through Friday night with 5 to 9 inches forecast in Detroit and its suburbs.

As of 10:45 p.m. Thursday, the Winter Storm Warning now applies to Dane, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Rock and Walworth counties.

Kishwaukee College is closing at 5 p.m. tonight.

Officially, 0.04 inches of precipitation was recorded at the Dane County Regional Airport on Wednesday, boosting Madison's February total to 0.49 inches, 0.19 inches above normal. Areas to the south could see lesser amounts of snow, ranging between 2-6 inches of snow. After a possible break in snowfall Saturday afternoon/evening, yet a third accumulating snow could occur later Saturday night into Sunday. For meteorological winter, Madison has received 20.3 inches, 9 inches below normal. Since 1884, Chicago has had only nine days with 12-plus inches of snow.

Madison's record snowfall for February 7 is 6.2 inches in 1892.

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