Those showers are expected to turn into snow and sleet in communities north of the Massachusetts Turnpike, while areas south are expected to see mainly rain and sleet. By noon, temperatures should warm above freezing roughly east of I-35, ending the freezing precipitation threat. Another round of light freezing rain/ sleet will pass late this afternoon/ evening. Temperatures in Centralia are likely to stay above freezing beginning Friday evening. And when there's a layer of warm air above a colder surface layer, freezing rain and sleet falls while the thunder is booming.
What do to if ice, snow knock you off the road.
Less than a tenth of an inch of ice is forecast in Madison, but even such a small amount can cause slippery conditions.
Thursday will be a much cooler day with high temperatures dropping almost 30 degrees from what they are expected to be Wednesday.
The map below shows total sleet/snow accumulation for the day Thursday but remember there are two rounds with this bout of winter weather.
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We're finally getting a stretch of days with substantial rain chances. We can expect the highs to top out in the upper 50s Sunday but yet again more rain is expected as a cold front will approach from our west.
As much as 4 inches (10 centimeters) of rain fell overnight Monday into Tuesday in the Chicago area, and more rain was falling Tuesday afternoon. "But really travel will be the biggest concern as we move through the day", Kurtz said.
Meanwhile, more rain forecast for DFW could lead to high water and localized minor flooding.
Several school districts in the Kansas City area canceled classes Wednesday because of the inclement weather.