Weekend weather: More snow and rain followed by sun

BLOG POST Winter returns to the area this weekend does that mean snow

Less than a half-inch of snow is forecast. As the cold front crosses the area on Friday, temperatures will fall below freezing, changing rain to freezing rain and snow.

There is some uncertainty, the weather service said in its first email blast Wednesday, Jan. 10. In addition, rapidly falling temperatures will create icy conditions as the initial wintry mix of precipitation freezes to surfaces including walkways and roads. Reduced visibilities, especially during the most intense snow.

Winds will also play a major factor in the storm system. As high pressure slides off the coast, we will have a brisk south wind. According to the Spokesman-Review this January has featured historic lows for snowfall in the Inland Northwest as only.2 inches of snow has fallen so far in Spokane.

The bottom line: Northwest Alabama (The Shoals, Moulton Russellville), Limestone County, northeast into Tennessee have the best chance of snowfall of around 1 to 3 inches. The strongest winds will be found from west central to south central Minnesota where winds could gust to 40 miles per hour.

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"Snow will be ongoing in Western and Northwest Iowa and a band of 4 to 7" of snow is possible in counties including, Guthrie, Greene, Boone, Webster, Wright and Hamilton Counties.

Several rain showers are expected Thursday night into Friday. Blowing and drifting is possible on Marias Pass.

A strip of moderate snow totals (locally 6 inches or more) is possible over the High Plains of eastern Montana, as well as a swath from eastern Nebraska to northwest Iowa, Minnesota, northwest Wisconsin and the western Upper Peninsula of MI.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS.Winds gusting as high as 30 miles per hour will cause areas of blowing and drifting snow, especially on ridge tops and in open areas.

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