Slick Roads Likely Tonight (NO AUDIO)

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By Sam Kantrow on January 28, 2013, 8:16am Last modified: January 28, 2013, 1:43pm

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Please note this video has NO AUDIO.

Let the messy weather commence!  We've been keeping an eye on this storm for a while because it will be truly the battle between milder air, and colder air.  All the models are in pretty good agreement that things will really pick up during the late morning/early afternoon and everyone will start off seeing snow.

But here's the issue.  As warmer air invades in from the southwest, temps will start to increase.  Unfortunately these temperatures will begin increasing higher up in the atmosphere, causing any precipitation to fall in the form of rain.  That wouldn't be a big deal if we had warmer temperatures at the surface, but all of this cold will get trapped, causing some messy conditions here.  Things will first change over to sleet and then rain along the shoreline.  I'd say the timing on this will be right before the PM commute, so I think the shore will be okay.

Inland is a much different story.  Snow will linger longer, as warm air tries to invade in.  Once we see a switch over to sleet, temps will gradually warm in the atmosphere, causing freezing rain to start falling.  This won't be a major ice storm, but it only takes a few hundredths of an inch of rain to form a slick coating on the roadways.  The bad news is that I think anywhere along I-84 and especially points north, we'll see freezing rain during the PM commute.

As the night progresses, I think temps will continue to creep up above freezing, and by the afternoon tomorrow, we'll be above 40 degrees, and should see even warmer temps for Wednesday.

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