A variety of wintry precipitation will overtake the region as a persistent flow of rain, snow, sleet and freezing rain will impact the area. We are in between a batch of warmer air to the south and cold air to the northwest and in between is a flow of air that will be capable of producing or developing a variety of weather events. Snow is likely north of the highway 60 corridor this evening and into the morning, while rain is slated to arrive in the southern two thirds of the viewing area. There is a chance for an icy glaze to develop from the freezing rain expected tonight so areas will be slick and some spotty power outages are expected if some tree limbs crack off and compromise power lines. This is just the beginning.
Thursday will see a mix of rain and snow with rain being more likely south of 460 and snow north of that line. There may be a couple of inches of snow falling in the area and also the potential for some more freezing rain. All of these events are difficult to nail down, but there will be a mix of mainly rain Thursday along with some snow.
Overnight into Friday morning there is a better chance for more widespread ice as the temperature profile is more in line with freezing rain. Freezing rain is rain that freezes on contact and starts to build up an icy coating of all it falls upon. There may be some spots that see about a quarter inch of ice or more and that will be enough to weigh down trees and power lines causing issues with outages. This will impact the morning commute and cause issues on all roadways. Friday morning does not look to be a good time to be out and about.
Friday afternoon may see a bit of sun, but for the most part cloudy skies with some spotty rain will more than likely be the best way to define the day.
Overnight Friday into Saturday will be another chance for more ice. Again, amounts are hard to define, but we will once again be looking at an icy coating on most everything.
Sunday we have a break, but more mixed precipitation is likely on Monday and Tuesday.