New Years Day: Expect rain sleet and ice

Expect rain sleet ice

Expect rain, sleet and ice on New Year’s Day, according to weather forecasters with the National Weather Service in State College.

Forecasters are calling for a mix of rain, sleet and ice beginning in the morning hours on New Years Day. The wintry mix is expected to continue into Friday night with up to a tenth of an inch of ice accumulation.

expect rain sleet ice

New Year’s Day will dawn cloudy and cold, but warm up to about 36 degrees later in the day. The winter storm with its sloppy, at times freezing mix of precipitation begins at around noon New Year’s Day and continue until 1 a.m. Saturday.

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If you have to be out and about New Year’s, plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute if you have to work that day. It could also bring with it scattered power outages and tree damage because of ice accumulations.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission remind motorists to adjust speeds based on driving conditions.

READ: PennDOT warning: Slow down be alert, use caution

Rain is likely between noon and 4 p.m., then rain or freezing rain as the temperatures drop.

The overnight low will drop to about 31 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 80% during the day and overnight into the early morning hours Saturday.

Saturday, however, will be much warmer, with a high near 53 degrees.

Look for winter to return on Sunday, with rain likely before 10 a.m., followed by rain and snow. Sunday will be cloudy, with a high near 39 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts are expected to be between a quarter and half of an inch.

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