Freezing rain possible in Tri-Cities Friday. But we may get lucky

Sheri Evans
January 7, 2018

An area of low pressure will push a precipitation into the area mainly overnight into Monday.

Michael York is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Paducah says it looks like the bulk of the precipitation will hold off until late Sunday afternoon and Sunday night.

Gusting winds of up to 30 miles per hour, coupled with the low temperatures, can cause frostbite to exposed skin within 30 minutes, warns the Weather Service.

The lingering cold has kept the snow from melting, leading to icy patches, forecasters said. This is the greatest concern for the Monday morning commute.

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The frigid temperatures will continue Sunday, with high temperatures under 20 degrees and wind chills around zero, according to the Weather Service.

Mixed precipitation is expected with ice, snow and sleet accumulations around a tenth of an inch that will result in hard travel conditions.

Hall County's interim emergency management director, Casey Ramsey, put the word out to first responders on Friday, warning of a "very high probability" of freezing rain overnight Sunday and into the morning on Monday. "But we could see some snow". Temperatures Wednesday will warm into the 50s under mostly cloudy skies with isolated rain chances. Highs will drop back around the mid 40s Friday with a likely chance for rain.

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