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Snow, freezing rain forecast for US heartland on Valentine's Day weekend

National Weather Services issues Winter Storm Warning for Hays County Winter Storm Watch in Effect for Bossier Parish Beginning Late Saturday - BossierNow
Adrian Cunningham | 13 February, 2021, 16:12

Wind chills well below zero degrees will travel all the way into Texas.

Maps of predicted areas for snow, ice through Saturday. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

Then by the evening and overnight, sleet, freezing rain and snow will begin picking up across the area.

In one, it would we'd get mainly rain, though some ice at the onset of the storm would be possible.

Radar shows icy precipitation still well to our south, only having reached as far north as around Richmond, which is reporting light freezing rain and 30 degrees. Additionally, and perhaps more dangerously, widespread ice accumulation is expected from Houston to New York City. The heaviest freezing rain is probably south and east of the Beltway. Little or no snow and sleet accumulation expected. Easterly winds may gust as high as 40 to 50 miles per hour overnight, especially in the West Hills and eastern portions of the metro area.

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The winter storm continues Saturday with chances of snow before about 4 p.m.

Overall, temperatures will be almost 50 degrees below average in some parts of the US through the first half of the upcoming week.

"While it may not sound like a big deal to those in the Midwest, the last time we saw 1 or more inches of snow here was on Feb 10th, 2019", tweeted the Portland National Weather Service office. Benavides said anywhere between 1-1.5 inches of snow may be seen in San Marcos on Monday morning.

The delay in the onset of the precipitation may allow temperatures aloft to warm enough so precipitation starts off more as sleet and freezing rain, rather than snow, except in our west and northwest suburbs, which could see a quick coating of snow before the switch to icy precipitation. Forecasters aren't expecting much more than an inch or 2 across interior MA, with mainly an inch or less predicted elsewhere. The main factor will be the influence of cold air coming from the gorge. The other scenario forecasts several inches of snow would drop on the northern half of the state while the rest of New Jersey would deal with ice. But temperatures are expected to moderate through the day, with a high of near 36 likely. Forecasts call for rain and a high of 44.