'Flash freeze' expected this afternoon

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

The National Weather Service continues a winter storm warning for our entire area until 9 pm tonight.

"Overnight lows Monday night and Tuesday night will be in the teens and 20s, then just the teens Wednesday night into Thursday".

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for parts of inland CT starting early Saturday morning. "Use extra caution when venturing out", the National Weather Service said in a statement.

Morning snow comes to an end, another round moves in tonight

As of press time, the National Weather Service was forecasting sleet and freezing rain for Marion before 3 p.m., followed by snow and sleet.

The weather will also revert back to freezing conditions this weekend, with no more 50-degree temperatures on the horizon for a while.

About 12:40 p.m., the temperature at O'Hare International Airport reached 58, just 3 degrees shy of the record high temperature for January 11 of 61 degrees, which was set in 1880, according to the National Weather Service in Romeoville.

By Thursday night, 1 to 2 inches of rain is in the forecast for most of the North Bay, with about a half-inch to 1 inch of rain falling in the rest of the Bay Area, the weather service said. "The difference is that we have had a couple of warm days and so the ground is now warmer, however, wet spots will freeze because of the drop in temperatures, and the rain will cause a lot of wet surfaces".

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 13.

Widespread rain across the region will transition to freezing rain and sleet this afternoon as temperatures plummet.

According to the weather service, the average high temperature for January 11 is just 31 degrees.

A chance of snow returns Sunday, with a 40 percent chance during the day and a 20 percent chance during the evening through midnight.

Snow is expected to continue Friday night, with less than an inch accumulation, and skies will turn mostly cloudy.

From 6 a.m.to 1 p.m. Saturday, Boston is expected to see a 34-degree drop in temperature.

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