Rainy Thursday will give way to sleet and snow on Friday

14 January, 2018, 00:51 | Author: Bert Pena
  • EARLY LOOK: Weekend winter storm could bring several inches of snow to central Indiana

Despite temperatures reaching the mid-50s Friday, a winter storm warning has been issued until 1 p.m. Saturday.

A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 1 PM today, bringing additional accumulations.

Winds at times could be damaging. Northwest winds will gust as high as 25 to 35 miles per hour this morning, creating areas of blowing and drifting snow. Not only does that impact how fast the system will move through, but also how fast the cold air will get here.

The conditions for freezing rain are slowly moving toward the east coast, affecting central and northern New England.

Friday Morning: This system starts as rain on Friday morning for the Mid-State.

Places such as Little Rock, Arkansas, have already experienced this change. The transition period for the snow will begin around 5 a.m. EST in our western counties.

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According to AccuWeather's forecasters, Sunday will be sunny and 23, the high will hit 28 on Monday and on Tuesday will reach 34. Northwest wind speeds are expected to reach between 13 to 17 miles per hour , with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour .

They said accumulating ice before the start of snow could limit the ability of highway crews to improve driving conditions, particularly in the early hours of the event. Ice changes to snow. Freezing rain and sleet, possibly mixed with snow will occur later in the morning, followed by snow primarily mixed with freezing rain.in the afternoon.

Up to an inch could fall by midnight night ... or more.

Many local businesses also either were closed Friday or planned to close early in anticipation of possible snow or ice accumulations of several inches.

West Virginia, Ohio, western Pennsylvania and NY, are also under water in some areas. But as temperatures dropped below freezing and streets covered with snow and ice, there were people downtown who still had to work and find their way home in the hazardous conditions.

Much of the Northeast still has snow on the ground and ice floating in the rivers after weeks of being in a deep freeze. As a result a cold rain continued to fall.

Friday is very warm and wet with plenty of rain.

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