Flood watches were issued for several states, while winter weather advisories were in effect Wednesday for an area stretching from southwestern IL to Texas, including parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. Additional snow accumulations of less than an inch are expected.
Thursday is predicted to be cold, with wind chill values as low as 5 degrees throughout the day. Actually driving conditions could become slick area-wide should the rain change over to a significant amount of sleet/freezing rain/wet snow elsewhere.
Snow and sleet are expected first and then switch over to light freezing rain early Thursday morning.
Tilly said throughout Wednesday night and Thursday morning, temperatures were hovering at freezing but stayed high enough to limit the possibility of freezing rain and icy conditions.
It's been a rainy start to the week, but as we get ready to end the work week the weather will take a more wintry turn for this evening. That will mean slick roads are the main hazard of this ice. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible. Starting late Wednesday night, and into Thursday morning, a band of snow will develop in the Central Plains, and move into far southwest, and south central Minnesota prior to noon Thursday. Cloudy, with a low around 26.
Freezing drizzle is expected across all but southeastern parts of the state Thursday, the National Weather Service reports.
Monday: Mostly sunny, high near 39.
There are strong indications we will be on the warm side of this storm and highs may climb to the 50s Saturday.