Temperatures will soon plummet, freezing rain expected

INDOT prepares to keep roads safe

INDOT prepares to keep roads safe

REUTERS/Jeenah MoonPeople walk in Times Square during a winter storm in Manhattan.

8-DAY FORECAST: More focus on this later...expect bitter cold for the weekend, more snow Monday, more bitter cold air until Wednesday, then milder Thursday.

Washington, in serious need of rain, is officially in a drought.

Friday Lunchtime: Wintry Mix turns to all snow.

The front is expected to push through the Springfield area between noon and 3 p.m. We are tracking the transition over to all snow by this evening.

Typical for the world of winter weather meteorology, there are a lot of aspects to this forecast that are not in focus yet.

The warm air we have enjoyed will go away and a wintry mess will move in overnight and stay most of Friday.

A flood warning remains in effect until 7:45 p.m. Friday for all of Western New York while temperatures remain above freezing. Friday will bring a chance for snow flurries back to northern Kansas, but accumulations are unlikely. Nashville weather and Louisville weather shows that the metro areas aren't accumulating sleet, but they are getting hit with freezing rain. But in some outlying areas to the north and northwest, when the precipitation ends and temperatures fall to freezing is a closer call - and worth monitoring. The temperatures the past few days have been a nice reprieve from the cold, but it has lead to rapid snow melt.

Winter Weather Advisory Bradford, Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wayne Counties from 9 PM Friday until 4 PM Saturday.

Saturday - Partly cloudy skies. However, there are questions about its track.

Snow accumulations are predicted to be in the range of five to seven inches, the Weather Service said. "Snow totals will generally range between 6-12" in the lower elevations and up to 18-24" in the mountains.

Friday Morning: This system starts as rain on Friday morning for the Mid-State.

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