Forecasters say rain will turn to a mix of freezing rain and sleet early Friday, before changing over to all snow as temperatures drop down into the 20s.
As colder air moves across the region, rain is expected to change to freezing rain, then to sleet and then snow on January 12 into that evening, according to the NWS. Accumulating snow on top of a sheet of ice will result in extremely unsafe if not impossible driving conditions into Saturday morning. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches combined with snow melt and possible ice jams may result in localized flooding. Snow and sleet might fall, but less than half an inch of accumulation is forecast.
All areas will see freezing conditions by late on Friday, so whatever falls will become icy overnight and into Saturday morning.
Ice accumulations may be greatest in the Southern Tier and Genesee Valley with totals nearing a quarter of an inch.
Snow and ice could stick around next week as temperatures remain low, according to the weather service.
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FRIDAY NIGHT: Periods of snow in the evening with a few flurries after midnight. Use caution when traveling.
Where the front has already passed, temperatures were well below zero across much of the northern Plains and upper Midwest Friday morning. New snow accumulation for Saturday is less than an inch. Light snow also fell.
The region will experience temperature highs in the low 60's on Thursday followed by rain and freezing temperatures Thursday night into Friday morning.
Are we getting ready to have a big ice snow storm, or is it all going to blow out with the wind? Details on winter weather safety resources across the state, such as warming centers, can be found by visiting 211.org or by calling 2-1-1. Memphis and Shelby County will be on the line with nothing up to an inch. Wind chills are expected to be below freezing and speeds are expected to be between 10-25 miles per hour. While this doesn't look like a major storm, accumulation is likely and could cause issues.
We will continue to track this storm as it reaches Kentuckiana and have team coverage from the First Alert StormTeam into the upcoming weekend.
Much of the Northeast still has snow on the ground and ice floating in the rivers after weeks of being in a deep freeze.