Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

National Weather Service warns of freezing rain, sleet, snow

National Weather Service warns of freezing rain, sleet, snow

Forecasters predicted the storm would deliver a second punch later in the day with several inches of snow in some areas.

Rain was to begin falling Friday night, slowing transforming into freezing rain, sleet and then snow by today, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy rain and melting ice on rivers could cause flooding in the Northeast. Mostly cloudy skies will still stick around, however, and temperatures will once again hit the teens.

Temperatures are expected to plummet to 12 degrees in Chicago, for instance, and to freezing or below as far south as Kentucky and Arkansas.

Parts of Kentucky saw more than 4 inches of snow accumulation as of 2.30 pm Eastern on Saturday, like Union City with 4.5 inches on top of 1 inch of sleet.

According to AccuWeather's Senior Meteorologist Mike Doll, "At this point, it looks like just enough cold air will invade the storm to create a major problem for travel beginning from central northeastern Arkansas and western Tennessee to northern ME and southern Quebec and northwestern New Brunswick". Flooding has already been reported in some areas and it will only get worse until the rain turns to ice and then snow.

Ice and snow accumulations are expected to be highest across northeast OH and northwest Pennsylvania, the service said. Parts of the Plains have seen up to 9 inches of snow.

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Colder weather is in the forecast for Sunday and early next work.

Just over a week after a bomb cyclone wreaked havoc on the East Coast, another brutal blast is set to pummel the region with even more snow and ice.

The U.S.is now experiencing a La Niña winter, the second in a row.

Dramatic weather changes are coming, including a plunge in temperatures that will bring us more arctic air.

Wherever you are, bundle up and avoid icy roads.

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