Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Weather Service issues winter storm warning, Friday to Saturday

Weather Service issues winter storm warning, Friday to Saturday

There has been a downed tree and powerline blocking USA 45 between Water Valley and Fulton, crews hope to have the tree removed by noon.

FRIDAY: Cloudy, windy and turning colder with rain changing to freezing rain and sleet in the morning and then snow in the afternoon.

After last week's winter storm that deluged coastal areas and blasted snow across New England, followed by a regional thaw, MA residents are preparing for rains Friday and Saturday that are expected to rapidly melt more snow and cause further flooding before a cold front arrives to refreeze everything.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Periods of snow in the evening with a few flurries after midnight.

Precipitation should cease by the end of the day Friday, but temperatures are expected to stay at highs in the low- to mid-30s on Saturday and Sunday.

The Weather Service has also issued a winter storm warning from 4 p.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Saturday.

Chicago can expect any water on the ground from today's rain to flash freeze this evening, according to Fenelon.

The mix will transition to snow within a couple hours as temperatures dip below freezing and continue dropping throughout the day.

Finally, Muskegon, Michigan, picked up 14.7 inches of snow on December 29 alone, good enough for one of its 10 snowiest days on record, according to the National Weather Service.


Total ice accumulations of two to three tenths are expected with snowfall totals of 1 to 3 inches.

Temperatures are expected to drop into the teens Thursday night. There's a chance for a lingering raindrop or sleet pellet.

As Winter Storm Hunter 2018 passes through the Midwest, the Northeast is facing more cold weather forecasts for the weekend.

The cold front dragged Thursday morning's moderate temperatures down quickly to around and below freezing temperatures. Take the time now to develop a plan for a potential power outage. Ice accumulation may reach a quarter-inch in the region and up to a half inch in some areas (see graphic).

"Snow and sleet will be heavy and dense, making it a challenge to shovel", the warning said. A thin glaze of ice is possible from Jonesboro to Helena as well as Blytheville to West Memphis.

Where the front has already passed, temperatures were well below zero across much of the northern Plains and upper Midwest Friday morning. Light snow also fell.

Friday night: A chance of rain and snow before 7 p.m., then a chance of snow.

Much of the rest of the Northeast, even as far north as southern ME, should see rain. Memphis and Shelby County will be on the line with nothing up to an inch. The winter weather is expected to continue through the morning.

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