Winter Storm driving temps below zero this weekend

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Ahead of this storm, more snow and wintry mix will form across parts of the Midwest and the Appalachians.

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

A line of freezing rain stretched from Texas to West Virginia, with some of it accumulating to one-quarter to one-half inch, according to meteorologist Marc Chenard at the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland. The heaviest freezing rain is probably south and east of the Beltway. It's probably pretty messy most of the day.

Tonight: The steady sleet and freezing rain will likely have passed, but some lingering freezing drizzle is possible into the night. These areas will be located mainly north and west of Columbus.

A fresh wave of wintry weather will keep a vast swath of the United States in a deep chill over Valentine's Day weekend, forecasters said on Friday, an outlook that should encourage pandemic-weary Americans to stay home and snuggle up around a fireplace.

February 12 snow ice event maps
Maps of predicted areas for snow ice through Saturday. NOAA

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest weather updates. Winter weather threats are expected to ramp up early Sunday. We may see a few breaks in the clouds, but not many if so. Highs are near 40, which allows for some ice to melt. A shower chance may pop up late.

MONDAY NIGHT: Cloudy and cold. Some light freezing rain is possible in spots that hover around or just below freezing. Light amounts of snow may be added throughout the day. "However, before that storm arrives there is good potential for a burst of mainly sleet and freezing across the region Sunday morning", the NWS said in an advisory issued Friday afternoon. Odds of trouble rise into the night, when temperatures may fall enough for substantial iciness, especially in our colder areas.

When I write about the possibility of snow or rain it is just that - a possibility.

The snow and ice will spread into parts of the Northeast Saturday from Washington, D.C., to NY. The high temperature will be about 31 degrees.

4/10 (→): Odds favor iciness overall.

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