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Much of state gets morning coating of snow

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Much of Wisconsin is getting a fresh topping of snow this morning.

One-to-two inches fell by seven o'clock in the west central part of the state.

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Southeast Wisconsin, north of Milwaukee, is expected to get the most - 4-to-6 inches before it all ends tonight. The National Weather Service has a winter weather advisory in effect until three tomorrow morning for Sheboygan, Ozaukee, Washington, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, and Marquette counties. Most parts of southern and central Wisconsin are expecting anywhere from 1-to-4 inches.

Once it clears out, dry weather is predicted at least through New Year's Day. Highs are expected to be in the 20's-and-30's before colder air moves into the region.

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Last week's heavy snows did nothing to ease the drought in Wisconsin. The U.S. Drought Monitor says 88-and-a-half percent of the state's soil remains abnormally dry or worse - same as a week ago. The Madison and Beaver Dam areas had around 20-inches of snow last Wednesday and Thursday - much of the southern two-thirds of state received at least a foot - and all but the Superior area got at least some snow. Not much of it has melted, due to colder temperatures. As a result, officials say a quarter of Wisconsin's land area remains in a severe drought - mainly in the northwest and the far south. Another 36-percent of the state is in a moderate drought, and 27-percent remains abnormally dry. About a dozen counties in east-central Wisconsin are the only ones not in some stage of drought.

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