Ice Storm Warning: Freezing rain will cause ice accumulation

Katie Ramirez
February 13, 2021

The weather service cautioned that forecast confidence is still low with tonight's weather, but that a light mix of rain or freezing rain will be possible starting late tonight.

"February in Alabama is really a trying time in regards to weather", the weather service said in one of its forecast discussions on Friday morning.

Temperatures will hold in the 28-32 range for most areas much of the day.

There could be a little snow thrown in there as well, for some. With the wet snow already on trees, the ice forming may cause some branches or trees to fall, and widespread power outages are possible.

The second in a series of three storms is forecast to hit the Pacific Northwest this weekend, putting 8 million people under winter weather alerts.

More freezing rain will be possible later on Monday as well as a cold front moves through, according to forecasters.

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

Although unseasonably cold air is forecast to linger around into Valentine's Day, it's not known just how cold the air mass will be and if it could be enough to support low elevation snow for Portland and Seattle.

There could be more precipitation during the day on Saturday, but it is expected to be all rain.

Monday will be mostly cloudy with the chance of a few showers.

Our next system will bring rain for Tuesday morning. Easterly winds may gust as high as 40 to 50 miles per hour overnight, especially in the West Hills and eastern portions of the metro area. There may be some freezing rain in NW VA in the morning.

Snow and sleet likely before 1 a.m. Sunday, accumulating maybe a half-inch, give way to a chance of freezing rain before 7 a.m. Sunday, then a slight chance of sleet until 10 a.m., according to the forecast.

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