Temperatures plummet overnight, freezing rain, sleet expected

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

Temperatures will fall into the lower 30s and below freezing late Friday afternoon, with a transition from a wintry mix to snow.

Heavy snow is expected.

The National Weather Service in Paducah says travel conditions will deteriorate Thursday night beginning in Missouri, then southern IL and eventually west Kentucky. A storm system moving through the area will bring light ice accumulations followed by snow accumulations this afternoon.

The warning starts at 4 p.m. Friday and ends 24 hours later.

National Weather Service has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for the Butte/Blackfoot region through 11 am Friday. Heavier snow of 8 to 12 inches is possible if the storm slips to our south and east, and 2 to 3 inches if it pushes to the north and west.

It could be worse, however, as much of northern Wisconsin is expected to get several inches of snow from the storm system. Temperatures are in the lower to middle 20s.

The forecast for Friday through Wednesday is calling for continued cold conditions. Chief Keith says that if your travels take you to eastern Arkansas prepare for more significant travel issues.

"I think by the time the sun comes up ... we'll see a change over from rain to freezing rain and possibly mixed in with sleet", Johnson said.

Tonight: Rain likely, mainly after 3 a.m. "Ice accumulation will be less than 0.05" for North Alabama with amounts of 0.05" to 0.10" in South Tennessee.

Lexington could see a small accumulation of ice before snow begins later Friday.

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. Skies will be partly sunny with southwesterly winds up to about 17 miles per hour.

Below-zero temps also return for the weekend with lows Saturday and Sunday nights around 10 below zero. Mostly cloudy skies will still stick around, however, and temperatures will once again hit the teens.

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