The rain alone may not be enough to cause flooding issues, but it will occur at the same time as a significant warm up, a week after frigid temperatures gripped the region and caused local waterways to be covered with ice. Temperatures are in the lower to middle 20s. Westbound lanes of the highway were shut down about 4:45 p.m. near Frisco by a traffic crash and poor visibility.
After the rain moves out, the NWS says "acolder air mass will move in Saturday night through Sunday night as Canadian high pressure builds". Many areas could see more than 1/10 inch of ice, leading to very slick roads and the potential for tree branches and power lines to be coated in ice. The heaviest snow and sleet is likely to come between 2 and 9 a.m. Saturday.
Partly cloudy skies tonight with lows in the low teens and feels like temperatures in the single digits.
There is a slight chance for snow or rain on Sunday while the high will be about 38 degrees. Heavy snow possible of 4 to 8 inches.
Another wind advisory has also been issued for southwest Alabama and will be in effect from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., according to the weather service in Mobile. North winds gusting 5 to 10 miles per hour are expected.
The heaviest snowfall is predicted from the eastern Great Lakes to northern New England but snow is also expected to gather further to the south.
A big impact storm will bring four types of precipitation to the area over the next three days. Chance of precipitation is 100%. North wind around 5 miles per hour. Blustery, with a north wind 15 to 20 miles per hour decreasing to 10 to 15 miles per hour after midnight.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 19.
Saturday's forecast is mostly cloudy in the morning then clearing, with a high of around 10. The overnight low is expected around 12 degrees, according to the Weather Service forecast for the Genesee Valley.
The weather forecaster estimates an 82 percent chance of snow, according to a forecast provided through The Associated Press.