Freezing Rain May Make for Icy Morning Commute Wednesday

Winter has taken a turn for the more active of late. For the third time in under a week, the Stateline finds itself under some sort of weather alert. This time, it's a Winter Weather Advisory, issued for just about the entire area Wednesday Morning.

A weak disturbance is to bring a round of very light precipitation our way in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday. The temperature profile of our atmosphere is one that may promote a bit of light snow at the storm's onset, but is more likely to produce freezing rain as the dominant form of precipitation.

High resolution forecast models point to the 4:00 to 6:00am window as the time any precipitation would begin locally. The freezing rain would then continue on an off and on basis through mid to late morning. By late morning to near Noon, temperatures will have likely worked above freezing in most spots, or the precipitation will have likely moved out of the area, or quite possibly both will have occurred.

Ice accumulation amounts are to be minimal, putting it mildly. Only a few hundredths of an inch of ice will likely come out of this system. From past experience, though, we know that even the slightest amount of ice can still present serious safety concerns on our roads, and perhaps even more so on our sidewalks and driveways.

We'll certainly want to allow extra time to get to work or school in the morning to account for the potentially icy roads and to scrape our windshields. But, we'll also want to exercise significant caution in walking on icy surfaces such as parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks, as many ice-related injuries result from falls.

We always encourage people to walk like a penguin on icy surfaces. Throughout the process, make sure to remain mentally concentrated on maintaining your balance. Walk with your arms at your side, and keep your hands out of your pockets. Doing so lowers your center of gravity, and increases your balance. Be sure to walk flat footed, and to shuffle your feet, taking only short steps.

Some mixed sun may emerge Wednesday Afternoon, and with temperatures set to rise into the middle and upper 30s, whatever ice that does accumulate will melt in short order.