Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Melting snow, heavy rain triggers flood watch

Melting snow, heavy rain triggers flood watch

A Winter Weather Advisory calling for a period of sleet and freezing rain spreading from west to east across the Chicago area is forecast to occur this Thursday afternoon/evening.

Gusty winds are possible in wind prone areas producing localized blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibility.

The National Weather Service in Valley, Nebraska, calls for increasing cloud cover in Pottawattamie County and a high of around 14 today.

The National Weather Service said two to five inches of snow accumulations are expected along with slippery road conditions. For the region, a winter storm watch was issued from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday. "Ice accumulations of 0.1" are possible, before the changeover to snow. This morning, most locations are 30-35° cooler than Thursday's start!

The precipitation will usher in cold and blustery conditions. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Now the area is in a winter storm warning.

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Thursday: Rain and snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain before 1pm, then a chance of snow between 1 and 4 p.m. Temperature falling to around 17 by 5 p.m. Wind chill values between zero and 10.

Overview: A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued from Friday morning until Saturday morning, for most of the ABC 36 viewing area.

Light drizzle will turn to steadier rain early this morning. The Lake Cumberland area will also have to deal with some minor ice accumulations.

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. You can expect temps in the mid to upper teens through your Saturday afternoon with winds NW 7-17 miles per hour gusting to 25 miles per hour.

In Denver, skies should be sunny to mostly sunny Thursday and Friday, with the high temperature topping out at 44 on Thursday and 51 on Friday.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 8. The overnight low is expected around 12 degrees, according to the Weather Service forecast for the Genesee Valley.

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