Warmer Temperatures This Weekend As Snow Moves Out


A winter weather advisory will go into effect at 8 a.m. for several north Alabama counties and will last until 9 p.m. today. On Friday, rain will turn to freezing rain, to sleet and then to snow as colder air spreads into the area.

Friday: Freezing rain likely, possibly mixed with snow before 3 p.m.; then rain likely, possibly mixed with snow.

Any precipitation that starts as rain early Friday could change to freezing rain, sleet and/or snow from west to east in this zone., which could lead to a risky afternoon commute.

Low temperatures, fierce snow and ice storms will buffet large areas of the Tennessee Valley, the Ohio Valley and the Northeast as Winter Storm Hunter moves east through Friday and Saturday.

"Projected accumulations of 1-2" of sleet and snow will fall with locally higher amounts closer to the TN River. Those areas are also expected to have about 1/10 of an inch of ice accumulate.

The cold returns in force Saturday night when a low of 11 is predicted along with wind chills as low as 0. A glaze of ice is expected to occur followed by snow.

Travel will be risky, particularly in the Friday morning commute.

WEDNESDAY: Partly cloudy skies and freezing cold temperatures continue, with a high of 21 degrees.

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Treacherous weather and low temperatures have persisted across the east of the country in recent days as the result of arctic air being pulled into US weather systems.

Gusty winds are possible in wind prone areas producing localized blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility. There's a chance of light snow on Sunday afternoon, through Monday.

Are we getting ready to have a big ice snow storm, or is it all going to blow out with the wind?

"An end to the brief January thaw sweeps east for this weekend", the National Weather Service said. The rain and warmer temperatures will speed up the snow melt, he said.

Much of the rest of the Northeast, even as far north as southern ME, should see rain.

Snowfall will start Friday morning and continue until around noon for the region. The previous record was 113 inches in February 2010 at Laurel Summit in Somerset County.

"Things probably will improve some, you know with road crews out and that kind of thing, especially on the major highways". Freezing rain, coupled with standing water, will result in a flash freeze this afternoon and evening.

Storm Team 2 Meteorologist Jamie Jarosik says a strong cold front is moving through the Miami Valley Friday morning.