"The transition from rain to the ice will be tricky", he said. Also, there is the potential for river ice jams that could cause minor low-lying flooding along area rivers in areas that typically get flooding in the spring. Fog on the other hand will likely reduce viability and remain in issue late week. But whether or not this will happen in CT is a wildcard.
Thursday is expected to be partly sunny, windy and cold with morning lows in the teens and highs only in the 20s. Much of the salt on area roadways has likely been washed off given the amount of rain over the last 24 hours.
The rain could be heavy at times.
A flash freeze is distinct from freezing rain.
That cold air will quickly spread eastward Saturday morning, changing the rain over to a mix of ice and snow.
After a 12-day stretch of below-freezing temperatures and a record-breaking nor'easter to start the year, southern New England has experienced above normal temperatures for several days.
Temperatures have been dropping steadily during the afternoon hours. Clouds will break for some sun Saturday. While not almost as harsh as our last cold outbreak, we are likely in for another stretch of several days below freezing (Sunday into next week). For the next week the highs in Gulfport will range from about 44 to 56 and the lows from 25 to 42.
"Look for the storm drains and catch basins on their streets around their homes", he said.
Tonight: Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Notice the colder air behind it - that's arriving Saturday.
Temperatures will fall rapidly later Saturday morning.
Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 18.
Nights will dip into the 20s and low 30s, which means cold weather shelters will open across South Mississippi.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy skies and frigid temperatures continue, with a low temperature of 14 degrees. Timing and intensity still a question at this point.