Tracking rain, a few snowflakes and much colder air Friday into Saturday

Lester Mason
December 8, 2017

This means rain will begin to mix with snow and this could cause traveling to become more hard.

TIMING: A mix of sleet, snow and rain will expand northward up into central Alabama in the 2 to 5 a.m. time frame, and it should change to snow between 5 and 8 very cold air works slowly southward. Whatever falls will not amount to much as temperatures will remain above freezing and warm soil temperatures will limit accumulations.

The main areas to watch from a Natchez - Hazlehurst - Newton line and point southward - grassy areas could pick up an inch or two of wet snow and sleet.

While the possibility of snow in the midlands was bandied about earlier this week, Linton says that the best possibility for it would fall Friday evening into Saturday, and shouldn't be a threat east of Piedmont. Keep in mind that these are computer models and this output can still change by tomorrow.

ACCUMULATION: Most likely along the NC/SC border and in adjacent areas of northeast Georgia. This could cause issues with black ice if there is standing moisture on the roads. That should minimize the accumulation potential.

Clouds and occasional showers will continue to stream in from the southwest through the balance of the afternoon. Air temperature will be in the upper 30s, so no icy travel is expected. The wintry mix is expected to move into parts of the Midstate Friday night. After record highs of 85 yesterday, temps will be about 40 degrees colder this afternoon. We will have some light freezes on the Northshore with lows in the lower 30s, and we will have some frost on the Southshore with lows in the upper 30s.

Saturday. Mostly sunny. Staying chilly. Daytime highs will only reach the mid 40s.

Pedestrians stroll past Jones Hall in the rain on Wednesday as a cold front barged into Houston, making it feel more wintry.

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