Area braces for winter weather

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Schools were closed across Toledo area Friday morning. Areas along and west of I-65 (Louisville, Elizabethtown, & Bowling Green) are under a Winter Storm Warning.

FRIDAY: Cloudy with rain.

"This unusual change in temperature can be risky this time of year, as ice on roads and in waterways melt, and in order to ensure the safety of residents and travelers, I have directed state resources to be ready in advance for whatever Mother Nature brings our way", Governor Cuomo said. It will catch up to, and overtake, the precip changing rain to freezing rain/sleet and snow as colder air undercuts the warmer air mass.

Expect rain - heavy at times - to continue through Friday night and past midnight. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.

It is also interesting to note there was a stretch of 10 consecutive days from January 19 through January 28 in 1961 when the high temperature was 20 degrees or lower in Windsor Locks.

Today's National Weather Service forecast: Patchy fog before 10 a.m. and a 90 percent chance of rain. Winds will be 18 miles per hour with gusts as high as 30 miles per hour. Unsafe travel conditions will develop along area roadways. Occasional downpours will likely contribute to ponding on roadways, as rainfall and melting snow/ice has no where to go once it runs off into lower spots with a frozen ground.

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Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 16.

SUNDAY: Partly to mostly cloudy skies and snow flurries will be possible, with a frigid high temperature of 24 degrees.

M.L. King Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. "The potential for significant urban street flooding exists especially with snow clogged storm drains". The highest forecast snow totals are in our southeastern counties.

WEDNESDAY: Partly sunny, with a high near 25.

"A strong cold front will push rapidly east across the region during the morning and afternoon, and temperatures will begin falling quickly once the front passes".

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