By Warren Bluhm

The National Weather Service office in Green Bay has issued a winter storm watch for seven counties in Northeast Wisconsin – Kewaunee, Brown, Outagamie, Waupaca, Winnebago, Calumet and Manitowoc – because of the forecast for as much as 6-8 inches of snow this weekend.

The watch is in effect from 9 p.m. CST Saturday evening through midnight Sunday. If the storm is as significant as expected, watch also for interesting imagery during the National Football League game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field, which begins at 3:25 p.m. CST.

“A complex winter system will track through southern Wisconsin later this weekend and bring accumulating snow to the area,” the NWS bulletin says. “Expect snow to develop in central Wisconsin late Saturday evening and then overspread the area through the night. The highest snow amounts should be south of Highway 29, where over 6 inches of snow is possible by the time snow tapers off Sunday night.”

Hazardous travel is expected to develop Saturday night and continue through Sunday as roads become slick and snow-covered and visibility is reduced because of the falling snow.

After a partly sunny but cold Saturday with a high around 19, temperatures are expected to drop to 14 Sunday morning, rising to around 30 during the snowstorm.

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+ A Winter Storm Watch is issued when there is the potential for significant and hazardous winter weather within 48 hours. It does not mean that significant and hazardous winter weather will occur…it only means it is possible.

+ A Winter Storm Warning is issued when a significant combination of hazardous winter weather is occurring or imminent.