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Winter returning with freezing rain in northern New England

14 January 2018

There are many closing and cancellations this morning. View road conditions here.

Saturday: Snow showers likely, mainly through the early morning. A glaze of ice around a tenth to two tenths of an inch expected Friday. Temperatures reach the middle to upper 20s under partly sunny skies. For the most part, this storm under achieved Thursday night's outlook.

Transportation crew are out plowing and treating roads this morning.

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A multi-faceted storm will thaw the ice on waterways, bring some heavy rain and flooding in some areas, then ice, snow and a freeze-up into the weekend.

As of early Thursday afternoon, no areas of New Jersey or New York City were under flood advisories, but many areas just north of this region - including the lower Hudson Valley and southern CT - have flood watches in effect from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon.

WHAT.Heavy snow occurring. Plan on hard travel conditions. Even a small amount of ice will create hard travel conditions for the area into Friday morning's commute. Many roads are coated in ice, and power outages have been reported in IN and Kentucky.

The winter storm prompted Kentucky House and Senate leaders to call off Friday's legislative session. 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.

SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy skies and frigid temperatures continue, with a low temperature of 14 degrees.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for West Tennessee and the western portion of the Mid-State.

As the low pressure system moves up from the south, it will keep snow ongoing into the afternoon hours.

Through evening: Wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet. Wind chill values are in the single digits and teens.

Widespread accumulating snow will create unsafe travel conditions. A thin glaze of ice is possible from Jonesboro to Helena as well as Blytheville to West Memphis. "Ice accumulation of a trace to 0.25" possible early. There's a chance of light snow Sunday afternoon through Monday.

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Forecasters from the weather service's NY regional office, which handles parts of New Jersey, say some isolated areas could get drenched with up to 3 inches of rain, and some streets with poor drainage could become flooded.

Gusting winds may also cause power outages.

The area could see between 6 to 12 inches of accumulation, the weather service said.

Sleet and ice accumulations could make traveling hard.

The FlightStatus website listed SDF's current delay status as level 3, moderate and decreasing, on Friday evening.

The official total at Louisville International Airport was 1.3 inches.

Temperatures well into the 60s Friday evening are predicted to fall to near freezing Saturday morning. The good news is I don't expect a prolonged period of freezing rain leading to significant icing. Memphis and Shelby County will be on the line with nothing up to an inch.

FRIDAY: Cloudy with rain.

Snowfall will stop in southern IL between 6 and 9 A.M, but will continue until noon for west Kentucky. Gusts of 30 miles per hour are possible. Temperatures remain in the 50s and even the lower 60s!

The NWS and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are warning travelers in the area to stay alert as the storm moves into the area.

The GFS and European model are hinting that a clipper may zip through the region Tuesday or Wednesday, bringing the potential for snow.

"Things probably will improve some, you know with road crews out and that kind of thing, especially on the major highways". Many different variables will come into play.

Cantore tweeted to his 1.12 million Twitter followers on Thursday afternoon that he was "shuffling off to IND" from Minnesota as the risky wintry mix, dubbed Winter Storm Hunter, creeps toward the city.

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Winter returning with freezing rain in northern New England