A winter storm watch is in effect Thursday night through Friday evening

Vehicles rest along the snowbound shoulder along Interstate

A snowstorm will hit southern Wisconsin Thursday night and last until Friday afternoon, which has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Storm Warning and Hazardous Weather Outlook.

As of late Friday morning, no official flood advisories or flood watches have been issued across New Jersey.

A major winter storm pounding the U.S. Midwest on Friday forced cancellation of hundreds of flights as heavy snow and plummeting temperatures threatened to bring travel to a standstill across the region. Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility and very slick roads.

The snow is expected to come in three waves starting with tonight's storm.

Shirripa says any plows out Thursday were not related to the upcoming storm; drivers were busy running their normal schedules.

Today, a chance of flurries with a slight chance of snow showers after 7 a.m.

Andrew Brown assistant manager at Kabelin Ace Hardware
A winter storm watch is in effect Thursday night through Friday evening

Quiet weather conditions will continue through the overnight hours with skies becoming partly-mostly cloudy. Wind chill values may drop down to -5° at times early Thursday morning.

Wednesday's high in Madison was 14 at 4:11 p.m., 15 degrees below the normal high and 36 degrees below the record high of 50 for February 7, set in 1987. As the storm moved from west to east, the snow transitioned to freezing rain and mixed precipitation across Northeast, Central and Southeast Massachusetts.

Nationwide, about 925 flights had already been canceled, flight-tracking service FlightAware showed as of 10:15 p.m. ET on Thursday. Northeast winds 5 to 15 miles per hour. The highest uncertainty is along the Wisconsin/Illinois border with a potential heavier band of snow. Eight inches were reported in parts of northern IL and in New Carlisle in northern Indiana.

Most areas in the Plains and Midwest will see fewer than 6 inches of total snowfall - including includes parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa. We are watching closely how much snow will fall in south-central Montana. Highs will rise almost 5° more tomorrow afternoon and will climb near 27° in Lafayette. It will be yet another quick-mover, so we'll probably dry (and clear) things out pretty fast on Sunday.

On Wednesday, the expected highs are nine degrees C, with light drizzle.