Ghiorse Saturday Storm Update: Ice May Be the Biggest Danger This Weekend

Saturday, January 19, 2019


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John Ghiorse

In the end, this storm may be more known for ice than anything else. The storm, centered in the Mississippi Valley this morning, will intensify and move rapidly eastward today. It should begin as snow later today or this evening. Because the storm center is expected to pass very close to or right over Rhode Island Sunday morning a mixed bag of precipitation is expected to start as a few inches of snow this evening, then sleet and/or freezing rain during the wee morning hours and to rain as temperatures reach above freezing Sunday morning. Temperatures are expected to crash tomorrow afternoon once the storm center passes. So expect a hard freeze of any slush or slop that remains on the ground as well as scattered snow flurries or squalls. Once the storm is over, temperatures likely will plummet to the single numbers Sunday night and probably will have trouble rising much above 10 or 15 degrees on Monday in spite of sunshine. Of course, travel will be very difficult tonight and tomorrow and treacherous underfoot once the hard freeze hits later tomorrow.


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