Flurries end… watching potential for ice at week’s end

February 20th, 2013 at 7:42 am by under Weather

We started Wednesday with scattered flurries and light snow showers.  We won’t see much additional accumulation, but because the winds are still up there, drifting snow has been an issue overnight.  We’ve had several school districts delay by two hours today, because of this.  The light snow will taper off as we head into the afternoon, and we should even see some clearing, with the sun popping out!

Dry conditions will be in place for Thursday–all of the daylight hours look quiet.  THEN that next storm system move in Thursday night… the one with the potential for ice.  A warm front will lift our way Thursday night, and out ahead of it, precipitation will develop.  Slightly warmer air will be in place aloft, as our temperatures at about 5,000 feet will be above freezing.  Soooo freezing rain is looking more likely, as any liquid precip that falls will then encounter our freezing temps here at the surface (Thursday night’s low is 30-degrees).  Here is Futuretrac at 7am Friday:

If this pans out as it looks now, it could mean some minor ice accumulations for the area–definitely enough to make travel tricky.  We will continue to watch it and keep you posted on the latest!  You can see off to our west… there are already watches & warnings out in anticipation of this storm:

If it continues to trend this way, we will probably have an advisory of some sort issued, so stay tuned.  The good news is, as we head through the day Friday, the threat of freezing precip will end as temps do warm above freezing.  And right now the weekend looks fairly quiet, with a mix of sun and clouds and highs in the 40s.

Jamie
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