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Snow, ice have returned to the forecast

It's been a while since snow and ice posed a decent threat to the region, but forecast models have come into some agreement that wintry weather could create some travel headaches early next week.

First, the weekend!

SATURDAY (LIGHT RAIN/SNOW)

A weak weather system will bring some light precipitation to the area Saturday morning, and again late in the afternoon and early evening. A little snow and rain is likely, but due to above-freezing temperatures and the weak nature of this system, accumulations will be limited to under an inch.

Overnight low temperatures will heighten the risk for slick spots/black ice on the roads, so keep this in mind if you're traveling late Saturday or early Sunday!

Sunday looks dry, but cold with mostly cloudy skies.

MONDAY (SNOW/ICE)

Monday's system is a bit more complicated. Latest forecast models—particularly the European (ECMWF) and American (GFS)—are coming into better agreement regarding this storm's intensity, but they differ somewhat on the timing.

Right now, it appears a large storm system will lift north through the Ohio Valley Sunday night and move up through New England by Tuesday morning. In the mean time, we will be caught in the cold sector of the storm, meaning a good likelihood we see snow —and only snow—from Monday morning to early evening.

Moisture availability/intensity still remains unclear, but there exists enough agreement in modeling to forecast a widespread 1-3" of accumulation by the end of the day Monday.

Of course, cold air will spill in behind the system Tuesday morning, meaning whatever falls will likely freeze.

Stay tuned to the latest forecasts from the ABC21 Weather Team throughout the weekend!

Matt Leach

ABC21 Chief Meteorologist

Matt Leach

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