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Schools Close As Cold Front Moves In, Icing Roads

Winter Weather Advisories Popping Up Across State

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Dozens of schools in northwestern Wisconsin closed as a winter storm descended on the region.

A warm start to the day Thursday was transitioning from rain to snow, sleet and freezing rain. Schools in more than 50 communities closed, including Eau Claire, Menomonie, Neillsville and Ladysmith.

A winter storm warning was posted for Price and Sawyer counties with a winter weather advisory elsewhere in the region. Snow of varying intensity is expected through Thursday.

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According to the National Weather Service based in Sullivan, the mild temperatures the state has seen this week will be short lived. A cold front is sweeping through the state, causing the temperatures to drop Thursday.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until at least 8 p.m. for portions of south central Wisconsin.