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Snow, freezing rain then rain Friday as wet pattern returns

The dry pattern will be short lived as the forecast is calling for some icy and snowy conditions to begin the last Friday of January.  Snow is expected to develop before sunrise and change over to freezing rain during the early morning commute time frame. There may be an icy glaze over the roads, sidewalks, and vehicles in the morning before warmer air and rain arrive by mid-morning.

The accumulation of ice is always extremely dangerous for travelers and it does look like the timing of this will peak around sunrise. The trees may be coated with a thin layer of ice and could lead to some power outages if the tree limbs break off or worse the tree falls.  Power lines will be coated as well. Thickness of the ice is expected to be in the 0.10-inch range at this moment, that may change of course.

There will be a quick scouring of the ice once the transition to rain arrives so the icy pattern will be short lived. The rest of the day Friday will be defined by the cold and chilly rain.

The rain continues off and on into Saturday with generally soaking type rain, not heavy. The combination of the persistent rain and the snow melting along with it may lead to some creeks and streams running fast and full.  Highs Saturday will be in the low 50s, about 10° above normal.

Sunday will see a clearing scenario but a passing shower is not out of the forecast. Highs will be in the middle 50s starting Sunday and will repeat Monday and Tuesday. Monday and Tuesday will be dry and mild.  Next chance for measurable rain will be Wednesday.

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