Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

A wintry mix of precipitation this weekend will create icy spots

A wintry mix of precipitation this weekend will create icy spots

Gino Izzi, meteorologist with the National Weather Service forecast office in Romeoville, said it will be a standard winter storm. Much of the light snow will be confined north of I-80 today though.

Predicting a Saturday storm from a Thursday perspective is dicey, but Glass said things are shaping up that way.

Rain should stop sometime Sunday morning, giving New Englanders a brief peace of non-freezing, dry weather before another cold front moves in Monday morning.

Snow will be coming back into the picture to close out the weekend on Sunday night.

Accumulations are anyone's guess at this point. More than one inch of rain is possible.

The National Weather Service defines freezing rain as "rain that falls onto a surface with a temperature below freezing causing it to freeze to the surface, forming a coating of ice or glaze".

Temperatures could drop as low as -8C this weekend. "There will be a period of freezing rain, ice accumulations up to.10" are possible. Wind chill values as low as -5.

Partly sunny, with a high near 30.

The worst of Winter Storm Mateo is already east of St. Louis, with schools closed and up to 6 inches of snow expected in Chicago and the Great Lakes region.

High winds can also result in lower snow ratios since snowflakes can break apart in that situation, says NOAA.

Some of the snowfall reports we received included 12 inches at Billings, Billings Heights and Sanders in Treasure County.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in place from 9 p.m. this evening through 7 a.m. Saturday.

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