Warmer temperatures on their way, but ice may come first today

Hannah Swayze • Updated Jan 8, 2018 at 8:36 AM

The days of waking up to single-digit temperatures looks to be behind the Tri-Cities — for now.

But there still may be some ice to contend with today. The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a Winter Weather Advisory that’s in effect from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday. According to the advisory, “an approaching low pressure system will spread light precipitation across the area late tonight and into Monday. Temperatures are expected to remain below freezing for a period of time overnight into Monday morning which will allow for freezing rain to develop.”

According to the NWS, the freezing rain may result in patchy ice on sidewalks, roads and bridges, including during the morning commute on Monday.

Temperatures should warm throughout the day with the precipitation turning over to all rain. 

Heating up is gradual process, said meteorologist Tod Hyslop of the National Weather Service in Morristown. With warmer air making its way to the area, temperatures will continue to rise throughout the week with the warmest day expected on Thursday. Hyslop says temperatures may rise to the upper 50s and possibly 60 degrees.

But with the winter season not going anywhere, temperatures are expected to fall again later in the week, according to Hyslop. Though the weather will warm up during the first half of the week, the area will see rain Thursday night into Friday. With the precipitation will come cooler temperatures, with Saturday’s expected to be around 40.

"We kind of have to suffer a bit with the clouds and the (precipitation) and the clouds are going to kind of slow down the warming trend, but that's not bad."

And even colder day is on tap for Sunday, with the high expected to be around 30, but Hyslop said Sunday looks to be the worst of it.

Due to the fast-moving weather in the winter, anything past early next is undeterminable. Hyslop said temperatures early next week look like they should not return to the recent single-digit freezing weather the Tri-Cities has seen recently.

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