WATCH: Update on wintry weather and how much snow to expect

Weather

PINPOINT WEATHER ALERT
Winter weather ADVISORIES have been posted for the entire area through early Friday morning. A wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is changes to all snow through evening.

SLICK ROADS REMAIN A CONCERN OVERNIGHT AS SNOW CONTINUES
Temperatures have fallen back to around the freezing mark and will hove at or slightly below 32° the remainder of the night. The wintry mix of the afternoon changes to all snow through evening with snow likely into tonight. Widespread snow is expected to continue until around 2-3AM. After 3AM, the snow will be winding down with only a few isolated snow showers or flurries expected through the morning commute. Lows will be around 30°.

ACCUMULATION POTENTIAL AND IMPACTS
Accumulation by sunrise Friday is expected to be between a 1″ to 3″. There is a chance a few areas can see slightly higher amounts, especially into eastern Mercer county. The potential is there for locally up to 4″ in these spots. 

The snowfall, combined with wet roads and temperatures dropping below the freezing mark mean a high threat for slick roadways tonight. Bridges and overpasses may be especially slick. Use caution when driving, stay alert, and make sure you leave yourself enough time to stop when coming up to an intersection. There will be a low chance for a few sporadic power outages, too. Accumulated ice on trees and power lines, combined with heavy wet snow and increasing winds may be able to bring down a few branches.

BLUSTERY & CHILLY FRIDAY
The steady snow ends by Friday morning with cloudy skies continuing. Throughout the day, skies will remain mostly cloudy. Occasional snow showers or flurries are possible. Highs rise to the mid 30s so any snow may mix with some raindrops.

The bigger story Friday will be the blustery wind and cold wind chills. Gusts of 20-30 MPH are possible. This will keep wind chills between 15° to 25° through much of the day.

A LITTLE RAIN AND SNOW POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND
A cold front will be moving toward the Valley Saturday night. Skies are expected to be mostly cloudy for much of the day. Highs will reach the upper 30s. As the cold front approaches, a mix of rain and snow is possible. This would be closer to and after sunset. The chance for some snow showers remains overnight into Sunday morning. Spotty rain and snow showers are a greater threat Sunday but are not expected to cause any issues at this time. Highs Sunday rise to the mid 30s. 

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