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Rain, fog, slick roads just the beginning of winter storm moving in

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Fog envelops our crew as they return to the Green Bay area. (courtesy of FOX 11's Emily Deem)
Fog envelops our crew as they return to the Green Bay area. (courtesy of FOX 11's Emily Deem)

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Rain, hail, sleet, snow, fog, and floods have made things messy in Wisconsin since the weekend – and forecasters say it’s only the beginning.

Winter storm watches are in effect Tuesday night and Wednesday for about southern two-thirds of the Badger State – and about 6 inches of snow are predicted in most locations.

In the meantime, flood advisories stayed in effect until mid-morning in far southwest Wisconsin – where the Platte River in Grant County had a rapid rise of 6 to 9 feet before falling slightly. One Grant County road had a three inch mudslide, while a highway bridge north of Platteville had water running over it.

Richland Center had almost an inch of rain by 7 a.m.

Folks in Rock, Dodge, and Walworth counties had a rare January hailstorm. And freezing rain has fallen since last night in northern Wisconsin.

Parts of the state had dense fog Tuesday morning. Forecasters say heavy rains are possible Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night in far southeast Wisconsin, where flood watches have been issued.

Colder air and brisk northwest winds are expected to move in Tuesday night as a cold front moves in.

Many places in the southern half of the state could get a rain and snow mix Tuesday evening, before it turns to all snow during the night. Once the precipitation moves out, Arctic cold temperatures could stay with us at least through Friday. 

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