Winter Storm driving temps below zero this weekend

Carla Harmon
February 13, 2021

Our next update will be around 10 a.m. or sooner if needed. Short-term models suggest it may take until 9 a.m. or so until icy precipitation reaches our southern suburbs and perhaps 10 the immediate area.

Winter weather battered the United States from coast to coast on Thursday as a series of storms expected to last for days mixed with an Arctic air mass to bring snow and freezing rain as far south as Texas, where six people died in a multi-vehicle pileup. Chicago has not been above freezing since February 4.

The storm is forecast to produce snow in earnest around the time of the evening commute in Seattle.

February 12 snow ice event maps
Maps of predicted areas for snow ice through Saturday. NOAA

Today: Intermittent sleet and freezing rain. "Starting tonight, we could start to see a redevelopment of freezing drizzle that will probably be sometime after midnight". Lows in the mid to low 20s.

The weather service said Friday night holds a high potential of more snow through much of the metro area, with significant ice accumulations west of the city.

Hopefully you're a fan of clouds and wintry weather.

One winter storm system after another continues to impact the region.

Many roads across the Portland area were snow covered and slick as the region awakened.

It doesn't take much ice to cause big problems. The heaviest freezing rain is probably south and east of the Beltway.

SATURDAY: Areas of rain or light freezing rain mainly during the first half of the day. It's probably pretty messy most of the day. These areas will be located mainly north and west of Columbus. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend. The NWS in Dallas is calling the snow threat a historic winter storm. A shower chance may pop up late.

Tomorrow night: Mostly cloudy conditions persist. Some light freezing rain is possible in spots that hover around or just below freezing. One Monday to Tuesday and the next Thursday to Friday. Some patchy light rain is possible during the day, as highs rise to 35 to 40. This storm may, however, draw in enough mild air for just plain rain in other areas.

Temperatures as low as minus 45 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 43 Celsius) gripped Montana and Minnesota as cities such as Bismarck, North Dakota, shivered at minus 26 F (minus 32 C).

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