From rain to ice to snow, Jackson hit with big temperature drop

From rain to ice to snow, Jackson hit with big temperature drop

The weather service bulletin says temperatures will fall sharply from near 50 degrees at midnight to around 30 degrees at 7 a.m. Saturday, with icing developing rapidly toward daybreak thanks to gusty north to northwest winds.

Heavy rains followed by plunging temperatures could produce problems with flooding and travel through Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Skies are expected to generally be clear.

Here in the Lehigh Valley, wind chills are expected to drop to 0-5 F across most areas and to around 10 below zero in the southern Poconos. Monday carries the potential for light snow.

Sleet and freezing rain, plus temperatures quickly dropping below freezing will bring widespread icy conditions.

Bitterly cold weather has returned to the area, and residents should not expect temperatures to rise anytime soon.

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"The ground is completely frozen, so in the event of a rain event, the water has no place to go", said Frank Kelley, deputy fire chief, Rocky Hill Fire Department.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy turning partly cloudy with snow tapering to snow showers.

The Topeka office of the National Weather Service is predicting highs in the lower 20s for Friday, with wind chill readings as low as minus 8 degrees.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday issued a flood advisory for Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Sacramento counties as wet winter storms push through Northern California.

The combination of a couple inches of rain and thawing snow and ice could flood streams and rivers along the coast.

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