Winter Weather Advisory in effect Saturday afternoon, evening

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Despite a sunny, quiet start to Saturday, Jan. 8, more wintery weather leading to driving difficulty is expected.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the entire listening area from 4 p.m. until 1 a.m. on Sunday.

Temperatures will warm into the lower 30s this afternoon as strong winds move into Michiana. Winds will gust into the 30 mph range. This southernly air will also contain some moisture that will help to develop rain showers and mixed wintry precip.

Rain will move in from the west by mid-afternoon. With the already cold ground temperatures mixed with rain/freezing rain, slick spots are likely for most of Michiana. Freezing rain accumulations look low, with most places seeing less than 0.1 inches, but it won’t take much to cause problems on the roadways.

The mixed wintry precip will remain with us through the overnight, so slick roadways are possible through tomorrow morning.

Monday, another round of extreme cold and lake effect snow will move into Michiana. Temperatures will drop into the teens again throughout most of the area. Finally, the middle part of next week looks dry and warmer with highs in the 30s. This will give us a much needed break from the bad winter weather.

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM EST /3 PM CST/
THIS AFTERNOON TO 1 AM EST /MIDNIGHT CST/ SUNDAY...

* WHAT...Freezing rain expected. Total ice accumulations of up to
  one tenth of an inch...mainly on roads and sidewalks.

* WHERE...Portions of northern Indiana, southwest Michigan and
  northwest Ohio.

* WHEN...From 4 PM EST /3 PM CST/ this afternoon to 1 AM EST
  /midnight CST/ Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Difficult travel conditions are possible due to icy
  roads. Secondary roads, bridges and overpasses, parking lots,
  and sidewalks are most susceptible.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Even as air temperatures gradually climb to
  above freezing late Saturday evening, ground and pavement
  temperatures may lag that, resulting in icy conditions on
  untreated surfaces.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Slow down and use caution while traveling.

Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast:

Saturday: Rain/freezing rain. High 31.

Saturday Night: Mixed wintry precipitation. Low 30.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy. High 33.

Monday: Lake effect snow. High 19.

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