A winter weather advisory has been issued for the entire area Thursday because of a strong cold front bringing significant weather changes. This front will blast the area with cold, arctic air and temperatures will fall rapidly as precipitation falls creating some big issues for travel.
Showers are already popping up Thursday morning but rain will give way to sleet and freezing rain by lunchtime. The ground is warm and wet so significant ice accumulations are not likely Thursday but there could be some accumulations so exercise caution, it does not take much ice to cause major problems. As temperatures plummet there is a likelihood that other wet spots will freeze overnight. This could cause some very slick spots for untreated roads and sidewalks so use caution Friday morning.
Temperatures will fall all the way into the single digits by Friday morning and will likely stay cool through the majority of the 3rd week of January. The good news is that long range outlooks might give us some hope on the horizon with a warm up late in the week.