Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

National Weather Service warns of freezing rain, sleet, snow

National Weather Service warns of freezing rain, sleet, snow

Temperatures haven't set a record (yet), but we should remain in the mid-50s through midnight.

Because of this, the National Weather Service has already issued winter weather advisories and warnings in various places in the northern and central Plains, High Plains, the upper Mississippi Valley, and the Rockies.

A band of freezing rain Thursday night will last for about two hours, followed by sleet with some snow. Temps will quickly drop below freezing and roads will quickly turn to ice after that. It also will be windy, with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour.

Parts of southern Wyoming saw up to a foot of snowfall while North Dakota has seen up to six inches of snow dumped in blizzard conditions. As much as 0.2 inches of ice could accumulate for areas west of I-65.

Initially, this will melt on the warm pavement, but as temperatures plunge into the teens and 20s, any wet pavement that is not treated will freeze into ice, creating hazardous travel especially during the evening commute.

The temperature soared to more than 60 degrees in Washington on Thursday and could top 65 degrees Friday.

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Temperature change between 4 p.m. Saturday and Friday forecast by high-resolution NAM model.

Today - Showers likely, mainly after 1 p.m. Ice accumulation may reach a quarter-inch in the region and up to a half inch in some areas (see graphic). Wind: N 25-35; gusty.

The storm will gather in strength as it moves toward the Northeast, with meteorologists reporting a second low pressure area spreading the snow, sleet, and icy rain to parts further east from. Winds are quite gusty, with readings anywhere from 25 to 30 miles per hour at times. Potentially dealing with ice jam flooding between the combination of mild temperatures and snow melt and rainfall. We should see significant rainfall Friday night but not almost enough to put a dent in the drought. Low 12F. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected. Stay tuned for more updates on Weather Blog 18.

WHEN.Snow will be heavy at times this morning, but will then gradually taper off the remainder of the day. Morning high of 44F with temps falling sharply to near 20. There's a chance of light snow on Sunday afternoon, through Monday. Cloudy, with a low around 8.

Wednesday - Partly sunny, with a high near 13.

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