The transition from rain and ice to snow is underway in parts of Butler and Warren counties.
Friday morning started with steady rain, wet streets and falling temperatures. As expected, as temperatures dropped rain transitioned to freezing rain.
First indications of this transition was ice accumulating on elevated surfaces, such as tree branches, decks and cars. Eventually these icy conditions will transition to the roads. Bridges, overpasses and ramps will be the first to become slick.
Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said the cold air will change the rain over to a wintry mix, which already occurring in the northwestern part of the viewing area as ice is forming on trees.
The transition from rain to a wintry mix will continue from west to east through the afternoon hours, Collar said.
This wintry mix will change over to snow in the later afternoon and early evening. By sunset everything is snow.
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“This changeover will lead to wet and slick roads at times,” Collar said. “With the ground being so warm, it will take some time for icy spots to develop on area roadways.”
By Friday afternoon, slick spots can be expected area-wide.
Expect a slow evening commute as the snow will begin to accumulate on roadways.