Wednesday afternoon winter storm update

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The Weather Channel has named the storm Winter Storm Hunter.

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Northeast Mississippi on Friday, and hazardous travel conditions are expected.

The watch is in effect for Richland, Ashland, Crawford, Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Lake, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Summit, Stark, Trumbull and Wayne counties. Up to one-tenth of an inch of ice accumulation is possible, followed by several inches of snow, according to the NWS.

Wednesday afternoon winter storm update
Wednesday afternoon winter storm update

By rush hour on Friday afternoon, the storm system will be moving into the I-95 corridor with very heavy rain - including 1 to 3 inches possible locally. "Most of the area will receive 0.3" to 0.70" of rain on Friday. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS. A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

The National Weather Service says moderate to heavy rain is expected Friday into Saturday.

Here's the afternoon forecast from the National Weather Service. Rain developing Thursday evening will last until sunrise when it becomes sleet and some freezing rain. "Snow and river ice will be melting and when you add in about.50-1" worth of rain, the flood threat on all rivers will need to be monitored. Clouds return Sunday night, with a low around 10. Total daytime snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch also is possible.

Most of the areas that experience a wintry mix will also see that eventually change over to snow before the storm exits. The transition period for the snow will begin around 5 a.m. EST in our western counties.

Counties along the OH and Mississippi Rivers are expected to get a tenth of an inch of ice or less.

Temperatures haven't set a record (yet), but we should remain in the mid-50s through midnight.

Partly cloudy Friday with highs in the upper 20s, more sunshine but cooler saturday with highs in the middle 20s.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy skies and frigid temperatures stay around, with a low of 8 degrees.