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Final exams and graduation might be a little more difficult this semester at UW-Madison.

Heavy snow, strong winds and frigid temperatures could make for rough walking and driving on campus Friday through Sunday, with finals starting on Saturday and commencement scheduled Sunday morning at the Kohl Center.

University officials said on Friday that the campus is open and expects to remain open all weekend, so final exams scheduled on Saturday will go on as scheduled, the 10 a.m. commencement on Sunday will be held and all other scheduled campus events are still on.

"Students, faculty, staff and visitors are urged to dress appropriately for the cold, use caution in travel and allow extra time to reach campus," the university said in a news release on Friday.

Students with concerns about final exam scheduling or traveling to campus for finals are asked to contact their instructors.

For commencement at the Kohl Center, parking will be free in all campus parking lots, and the closest lots to the facility are 46, 83, 91 and 29. Parking is first come, first served; the Kohl Center will open at 8 a.m. Sunday for commencement.

The brunt of the snowstorm is expected to hit Madison Friday afternoon into Friday night, with a second round of heavy snowfall expected Saturday afternoon into evening.

Temperatures are expected to plummet down to 11 below Saturday night in Madison, with wind chill values in the 25 to 30 below range.

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