Winter returning with freezing rain in northern New England

Winter returning with freezing rain in northern New England

The storm system that brought much-needed rain but deadly mudflows to southern California has swept through the Southern Plains and is now making a significant impact with rain, sleet and snow in the East. That will give us a snowfall total of 2-4 inches by early evening.

The warning calls for heavy mixed precipitation including freezing rain, sleet and snow.

As temperatures continue to fall and colder air filters in, our snow will take less moisture to make more snow. Note the ice reflecting the sunlight after yesterday's freezing rain. The drop in temperature is expected to be between 20 to 40 degrees over the course of 24 hours, with the larger drops further north. More than a foot of snow is expected in upstate NY.

WHEN... From 10 AM Friday to 4 AM EST Saturday. Heavy snow is possible.

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A flood warning remains in effect until 7:45 p.m. Friday for all of Western New York while temperatures remain above freezing.

A band of freezing rain Thursday night will last for about two hours, followed by sleet with some snow.

That little bit of a break could end very soon, though, as temps start to fall again and the black ice starts to cover the roadways.

More snow is forecast for Saturday, when the high will be 17 and the low 5.

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The storm is spreading snow and ice across the Great Lakes, Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley and lower Mississippi Valley today.

Thursday night looks clear and cold with lows in the teens. The original forecast of 3 to 6 inches of snow will hold.

We will see all rain this evening, with warm temps in the 50s, falling to upper 40s by midnight.

According to AccuWeather's Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll, "At this point, it looks like just enough cold air will invade the storm to create a major problem for travel beginning from central northeastern Arkansas and western Tennessee to northern ME and southern Quebec and northwestern New Brunswick".

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