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Because of an impending snow storm, the Racine Unified School District issued an alert notifying parents that they are canceling all after-school activities Friday and Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, which is expected to last from 2 p.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday. Seven to 11 inches of snow is expected to fall during that time, making travel dangerous. The heaviest snow will likely fall this afternoon and into the evening. A second round of heavy snow will fall from mid Saturday morning through late afternoon.

This will mean that travel will be a challenge because of gusty winds reducing visibility from the blowing snow on Saturday. Expect snow covered roads from the afternoon through Saturday night.

Officials are warning that if you do need to travel, that you bring a flashlight, food and water in your car in case of an emergency.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.