Friday, December 15th

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Chuck Weaver of Wauwatosa clears the area near his driveway after the snowstorm on March 13.(Photo: Angela Peterson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)Buy Photo

The landscape will finally turn more winter-like this weekend as the first appreciable snowfall in southern Wisconsin is predicted to arrive Friday evening.

The forecast calls for 1 to 3 inches, with most of it falling fairly quickly between 5 and 9 p.m. Friday. In southeastern Wisconsin, it's expected to drop between 7 and 9 p.m.

"It will be kind of a short window, a burst before things will taper off by midnight," said Sean Miller, a National Weather Service meteorologist based in Sullivan.

Because it's the first appreciable snowfall of the season — Milwaukee did get two-tenths of an inch on Nov. 10, but no one really noticed — authorities are cautioning motorists to add more time to get to their destinations Friday evening.

"The main reason we're emphasizing this so much is because it's the first widespread snow and statistics show we have more crashes in the first snow," Miller said.