Winter storm expected to hit Thursday

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Residents across NY may experience some flooding as the freezing rain and melting snow hits, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office is urging citizens to take precautions in case that occurs.

10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The snow will be accumulating on already icy roads from overnight rains and sleet, coupled with strong northwesterly winds adding to the freezing threat.

Rain is possible Wednesday night and Thursday, before rain changes to snow late Thursday afternoon as daytime temperatures fall to below freezing. Less than half an inch of snow accumulation is expected.

Valley rain and mountain snow is expected in much of the West. Areas above 7,000 feet will get a few feet of snow, Mueller said.

Winds will also play a major factor in the storm system. Blowing snow and blizzard conditions possible in these areas. Totals over a foot are likely in the higher terrain. Highs are forecast to reach only the teens in Duluth on Thursday, and the single digits above zero on Friday. We will have some scattered late day showers.

There are still questions about precipitation type: rain will change to a mixture first (rain, sleet and potentially some freezing rain) and then to snow as it is tapering off. That raises Monday morning's low to the upper 10s/lower 20s, but the air following that "clipper" could push us as low as the -5ºF to 5ºF range if there's still some snow on the ground!

This swath of snow could be heavy, and there's potential for significant ice accumulation in areas where freezing rain is most persistent.