WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY in effect until 1AM for the entire area. Light snow mixed with sleet and freezing rain is spreading across the area and may cause some travel issue. We will be heading into the evening rush hour and it could be much slower due to the weather conditions. This should be a quick shot with the wintry precipitation tapering to light scattered snow and flurries by around 8pm. Flurries and light scattered snow showers will continue to around midnight.
Arctic front is approaching and will sweep across the area tonight. Temperatures are in the upper 20s to low 30s and will hold steady for much of the night. Light snow may initially mix with sleet and freezing rain will quickly move through the area and should taper after 8pm to just some light spotty snow showers and flurries.
The winds will usher in much colder air so our warmest temperatures and highs for the day will take place early. Temperatures will fall to the low to mid 20s by afternoon and teens by evening. If you factor in the gusty conditions, wind chill values will be running in the teens to single digits by evening. Overnight as lows drop to the singles digits, wind chills will go as low as -6. Gusty conditions will continue into the start of the weekend but high pressure building in will calm them.
High pressure brings lots of sunshine for the start of the weekend but highs will be held to near 20 degrees or so. Clouds return early Sunday morning but it will still be very cold in the morning with lows in the teens. Clouds thicken and highs will warm to only about 30 degrees. Our next front drops in with a few light snow showers. We’ll need to watch for an area of low pressure which may develop along the front and bring a greater threat for snow Sunday night into Monday. Right now the trend is for the low to track further south through the Carolina's but we will still be on the northern edge of the system resulting in some minor snow accumulations. Any track further north will bring a better chance for more snow. Temperatures will be the story as we head into February because they will turn even colder next week and remain well below average for the start of the new month. Monday is Ground Hog day and we’ll have to watch and see what the prediction for the rest of the winter will be!
MaryEllen Pann, Chief Meteorologist
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