Icy, Dicey Sunday

The forecast has remained fairly consistent over the past few days regarding Sunday.  However, there are better indications that the bulk of the precipitation will arrive in Rockford around noon.  A brief period of sleet mixed with freezing rain is possible at the onset, while the afternoon hours should be limited to just freezing rain.  As temperatures hover at or slightly below freezing, significant ice accumulations of 0.1″ to 0.3″ are possible.  However, if the warmer layer of air in the atmosphere is able to influence our surface temperatures, thus allowing temperatures to rise a degree or two, ice accumulations will be reduced.  There is a very thin line between freezing rain and liquid rain.  Regardless of how much ice accumulation we receive, area roads will be slippery and some power outages are possible.

By Sunday evening, our freezing rain will mix with liquid rain and eventually fall as just liquid rain by nighttime.  Temperatures will rise into the middle 30s by 10pm or so.  Patchy fog will form as ice begins to melt with the milder temperatures.

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Posted under fog, ice, safety, travel, weather, winter weather

This post was written by qni_it on January 26, 2013

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