Freezing Rain May Cause Slick Afternoon On Wedensday

January 22, 2019

After several days of intensely cold weather, freezing rain could create dangerous road conditions tomorrow.

Precipitation of half an inch of rain will likely begin in the late morning Wednesday, after the morning commute and closer to lunch time, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Tom Kines said. He warned that overnight temperatures could drop into the teens and that residents should prepare for slick travel.

“I suspect travel is going to be poor for at least a time once the freezing rain begins,” Kines said.

The forecast for tomorrow has both a high and low of 37 degrees, according to the AccuWeather website. However, even if air temperatures rise above freezing, because it’s been so cold the past couple of days, it will still be a slow climb for ground temperatures to get above freezing, according to Kines. As a result, Kines said the earlier the rain begins, the worse off we are.

“If the rain starts earlier in the day, it’s that much longer until the temperatures get above freezing,” he said.

Kines also advised that residents look out for flooding in poor drainage areas, where storm drains might be clogged from recent snow.

PennDot will continue working 12 hour shifts and providing 24 hour coverage, PennDot spokesman James May said.

However, May strongly advises that drivers be cautious, because whenever rain comes in between snow storms, it ends up washing away the salt that’s already on the road. Then they have to start from scratch, and they can’t pretreat the roads, May said.

“People need to use a lot of caution,” he said.

May warned that, even if it’s no longer raining, people might think the roads are clear, but there could still be ice on the roads.

“Whenever there is rain the immediately freezes, it’s the most difficult weather to deal with” May said.

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