Rain will start in the Sacramento area around 5 a.m. and continue throughout the day, with temperatures staying in the mid 50's.
There is some uncertainty, the weather service said in its first email blast Wednesday, Jan. 10. As the precipitation slows down Saturday night, it will change to an icy mix.
Past year more than 61 inches of snow fell on Spokane in the winter. Reduced visibilities, especially during the most intense snow. As high pressure slides off the coast, we will have a brisk south wind.
Winds will also play a major factor in the storm system. Snowfall of 4 to 7 inches and ice accumulations of up to a tenth of an inch are possible.
That could mean lows in record-cold territory where snow covers the ground - and as cold if not a degree or two colder than some of the lowest temps we've seen so far this season even without snow on the ground.More news: The Overwatch League will be broadcast on Twitch
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The bottom line: Northwest Alabama (The Shoals, Moulton Russellville), Limestone County, northeast into Tennessee have the best chance of snowfall of around 1 to 3 inches. Wind gusts will pick up Monday evening and are expected to get as high as 35 miles per hour.
Flood watches have been issued for all of western NY except Allegany County through late Friday night, the weather service said. Snowfall of 2 to 4 inches with locally higher amounts is possible, along with a glaze of ice.
WHAT.Heavy snow and blowing snow possible.
"While the highest rainfall amounts are now expected to occur just offshore, this may change over the next few days", the NWS email blast said. Coupled with high winds, travel could become extremely unsafe if not impossible.