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Heavy rain, plunging temperatures may produce flooding, then ice

Heavy rain, plunging temperatures may produce flooding, then ice

Rain, sleet, heavy snow, and freezing rain are all possible Friday into Saturday morning.

That rain might turn to sleet between 1 and 4 a.m. Saturday, although little or no icy accumulation is expected. By noon, thermometers will show 17 degrees and people outdoors will feel like its negative six.

The National Weather Service in Paducah says travel conditions will deteriorate Thursday night beginning in Missouri, then southern IL and eventually west Kentucky.

The Weather Channel reports an extreme upper atmosphere affect in Spearfish, S.D., where the temperature plummeted 49 degrees in two minutes.

The winter weather advisory cautions travelers to prepare for slippery roads throughout MA on Saturday, as a flash freeze will quickly turn water and slush into ice.

As the rains pick up this afternoon and the snow melts, flooding becomes more likely. Public works crews are expected to have the road cleared around 12:30 p.m., police said.

Then the snow returns.

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Because of this change in weather, the National Weather Service has also declared a winter weather advisory beginning at 7 p.m.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. At night, there will be a low of around 35 degrees.

At 8:32 a.m. Friday, Doppler radar indicated heavy rain that will cause flooding. "Saturday looks to be pretty chilly, but Sunday's supposed to feature a warm-up with highs going back into the low 30s". High near 59. South wind 5 to 15 miles per hour becoming west in the afternoon. Ice totals are likely to be less than one-tenth of an inch.

The Modesto Irrigation District reported that more than half of an inch of rain had fallen in downtown Modesto on Tuesday.

There are no wind chill factors in the forecasts for Sunday and Monday.

Greater Lowell will see a high near 60 degrees Friday, with rain, thunderstorms and areas of fog, according to the National Weather Service.


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