9 FIRST WARNING ALERT DAY FOR THURSDAY & FRIDAY
Rain will start Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Rounds of light to moderate rain are likely to fall throughout the day Wednesday with highs in the mid 40s. You do not need to cancel or adjust any travel plans for this rain. A half inch to 1 inch of rain will be possible. Temperatures stay in the mid 40s keeping everything liquid. And I don't see this changing.
Then the story gets really interesting and complicated on Thursday. Colder air will be diving in from the northwest as rain continues to fall Thursday morning. As the temperature drops at the surface, this rain will start to freeze up on anything and everything. Yes, freezing rain. The best chance for freezing rain looks to be west of the I-71 corridor. Locations to the east of Cincinnati will hold onto the warmer air a bit longer. What is still coming into focus is what time this will start happening.
At this point, it appears the the icy weather will mix with, and change to snow during the afternoon and evening on Thursday. You should have backup plans for childcare if schools close/release early due to ice on Thursday. Make sure you have salt to help with ice on sidewalks and driveways.
When the precipitation turns to snow, we will see accumulation across the Tri-State. In some areas, it could be significant. Again, school closures and treacherous/dangerous roads could be an issue. In addition, bitter cold temps set up for the weekend.
9 First Warning Alert Day already out for Thursday & Friday. Potential major storm heading for the Tri-State this week. Rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow all likely as it stands right now. @wcpo #cincywx #Cincinnati pic.twitter.com/GuRNDlC08H
— Steve Raleigh WCPO (@Cincywxman) January 31, 2022
Not as cold
Sun early then increasing clouds