Thursday morning winter storm update

Our weather pretty much played out as expected this morning. The only exception was the rain started a bit earlier this morning than I anticipated. Otherwise, it’s been a low impact ice event so far. Reports from many areas included trace amounts of freezing rain. I’ve not received any reports of any major travel problems but there is minor ice covering some rural roads.

The wintry mess will continue today and there remains considerable uncertainty regarding precipitation type at any given time at this point. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in place for the entire region until 7:00 PM. Some adjustments may be needed in the snow and ice totals later in the day.

Basically, there are no major changes to my forecast. Light freezing rain, drizzle, and misty conditions will likely continue through the rest of the morning. With temperatures hovering around 32°F this morning, sleet may mix in from time to time. Total ice accumulation should not exceed 0.03″.

Temperatures will warm slightly to around 34°F this afternoon allowing a changeover to a cold rain. After sunset, temperatures will drop back to 32°F allowing rain to change over to wet snow.

FutureCast radar from the hi-res model through 2:00 AM Friday.

I’m still not expecting tonight’s snow to amount to much. Most neighborhoods will see an inch or less of wet snow. One thing we will need to be mindful of tonight will be refreezing on the roads – especially on bridges and overpasses. The main treated roads should be okay but watch for slick spots on the rural and secondary roads tonight.

Total snowfall expected from NWS today through Friday afternoon. Most communities in the Valley should receive an inch or less.

Snow showers may linger to sunrise Friday morning but for the most part, the snow will end before sunrise. Temperatures will warm to the mid-30s Friday afternoon. It will turn breezy tomorrow with winds out of the southwest 10 to 15 mph. Winds may gust 20 to 25 mph.

I’ll post updates here when/if needed.

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