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After round of snow hits lakeshore communities Saturday, Lambeau visitors will face hazardous drive home Sunday


Natalie Brophy Sophie Carson   | USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

GREEN BAY – While less snow than predicted was set to fall on central and eastern Wisconsin Saturday, another round of flakes Sunday evening promised to make travel tricky.

The news comes after the storm originally forecast to dump nearly a foot of snow on Green Bay ahead of the Packers’ NFC divisional playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks shifted to the east and south Saturday.

Snow was falling about 6 p.m. in eastern Wisconsin, with totals of an inch or less expected in Green Bay and the Fox Valley and 3 to 5 inches expected near Manitowoc and Sheboygan, weather service meteorologist Mike Cellitti said.

Less than an inch was forecast in central Wisconsin and the Northwoods.

The snow was accompanied by gusts of wind that could reach up to 40 miles per hour in places along the coast of Lake Michigan. Wind gusts were not expected to be as strong in central Wisconsin, only reaching speeds between 20 and 25 mph. 

The wind was making driving difficult Saturday due to drifting and blowing snow and slippery roads. Most major highways in eastern Wisconsin were either snow-covered or had slippery stretches, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Conditions will be mostly sunny with a high near 24 Sunday in the daytime, so those arriving at Lambeau Field won't encounter any weather issues. But meteorologists believe snow will begin falling as fans leave.

The 1 to 3 inches of snow will lead to deteriorating road conditions Sunday night across much of northeastern and central Wisconsin, Cellitti said.

The light snow is set to begin around 6 p.m. in central Wisconsin and around 9 p.m. in east, the weather service predicted, and continue until about 6 a.m. Monday.

Roads will be snowy and slippery and are expected to make travel hazardous through the Monday morning commute.

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Contact Natalie Brophy at 715-216-5452 or nbrophy@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @brophy_natalie or Facebook at facebook.com/bynataliebrophy

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