Region under storm warning, flood watch

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The newer models are showing increasing confidence for accumulating snow across at least part of central IN - although it's still a little too far out to talk exact amounts.

Friday's forecast is tough to say the least! A storm system moving through the area will bring light ice accumulations followed by snow accumulations this afternoon.

The warning will officially begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, but it doesn't look like driving conditions, due to any potential ice, will deteriorate until after 7 p.m.at the earliest, and after 8 p.m.in Pittsburgh.

Rain will start in the Sacramento area around 5 a.m. and continue throughout the day, with temperatures staying in the mid 50's.

Total snow accumulation of one to three inches may occur on top of up to one quarter inch of ice accumulations. Another chance of snow will arrive late Sunday night and last through Monday morning. Temperatures are in the lower to middle 20s. The temperature change aloft will lag that at the surface, so that rain will persist a few hours after the cold air hits at ground-level. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.

The bar scene around Whiskey Row was attracting a collection of storm orphans looking to stay warm and dry
The bar scene around Whiskey Row was attracting a collection of storm orphans looking to stay warm and dry

More: Are you prepared for this weekend's winter storm?

"I think by the time the sun comes up ... we'll see a change over from rain to freezing rain and possibly mixed in with sleet", Johnson said. We expect rain showers and 40s for Friday morning.

Once the storm wraps up early Saturday morning, arctic air locks in for the long haul with highs in the 30s and lower in the teens.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m., the weather service said Arkansas, Desha, Drew, Jefferson, Lincoln, Lonoke, Monroe and Prairie counties will also go under an advisory from 3 a.m.to 9 a.m. Friday. Western Kentucky will get mainly rain.

Overview: A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued from Friday morning until Saturday morning, for most of the ABC 36 viewing area. The low will be about 24 degrees with partly cloudy skies and winds continuing. You can expect temps in the mid to upper teens through your Saturday afternoon with winds NW 7-17 miles per hour gusting to 25 miles per hour.

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