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UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  No good day goes unpunished -- not in Wisconsin this winter.

After the two mildest days of 2014 this week, up to a foot-of-snow is predicted for tomorrow and into Friday -- as an intense low-pressure system builds steam from the Great Plains.

The Eau Claire and Black River Falls regions could get 8-to-12 inches of wet, heavy snow. Six-to-12 inches are predicted for central and north central Wisconsin. The La Crosse region could get 6-to-10 inches. Northeast Wisconsin is projected for 4-to-8 inches. In southern Wisconsin -- including Madison and Milwaukee -- only an inch-or-two are in the forecast. But those places are supposed to get freezing rain that could create a quarter-inch of ice.

Also, brutal winds are due in late Thursday afternoon and into Friday, with gusts up to 40-and-45-miles-an-hour statewide.

The National Weather Service says it could close highways in west central Wisconsin, and cause white-out conditions in a number of places.

Once the snow leaves on Friday, it's supposed to get cold again for the weekend with lows either below zero or in the single-digits above. Yesterday was the warmest day in three months in far northern Wisconsin -- where it got up to 42 in Ashland.

Another dry-and-mild day is expected today.

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