Freezing Rain this Afternoon Before Snow Tonight-Saturday AM

14 January, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Diane Mills
  • NATION-NOW     Winter storm and Arctic blast roar across East     
       Winter storm and Arctic blast roar across East

Winds at times could be damaging. It will be breezy with south winds becoming northwest gusting as high as 30 miles per hour. Not only does that impact how fast the system will move through, but also how fast the cold air will get here.

The region will experience temperature highs in the low 60's on Thursday followed by rain and freezing temperatures Thursday night into Friday morning.

St. Louis woke up Friday to temperatures 40 degrees colder than Thursday morning.

All eyes have been on the chance for rain, sleet, freezing rain, and snow Friday and Saturday.

Places such as Little Rock, Arkansas, have already experienced this change.

As the rain changed over to sleet and snow, the speed limits on regional Interstates was lowered to 45 miles an hour, but the drivers didn't seem to be paying too much attention to the warnings.

A wintry blast coated parts of Kentucky and Tennessee with sleet and ice early Friday, forcing schools to close.

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Key areas prone to flooding are Oil City at the confluence of Oil Creek and the Allegheny River, East Brady, Parker, Emlenton, Cooksburg, Redbank and West Monterey. "It should be Monday night into Tuesday, but really, we're just expecting widespread light snow with some light accumulations across the area". Accumulations of over an inch have created slushy and unsafe travel conditions in Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, northern MS, and northern Louisiana, according to the Weather Channel. An additional 1 to 3 inches of snow will fall this morning, bringing storm totals of 4 to 8 inches across the area. Totals ranged from about an inch to 6 inches in the WLKY viewing area.

West Virginia, Ohio, western Pennsylvania and NY, are also under water in some areas.

In addition to snow, cold weather returns Saturday.

41% of the USA had snow on the ground this morning.

The rain will continue as the temperature drops into the mid 30s tonight. Rain is likely to accompany the warmer weather.

After midnight we'll begin to transition from our rain to a wintry mix from the northwest to the southwest.

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