NWS expects winter storm to trend warmer

Many of this mornings wind chills are frigid

A winter storm is poised to leave a blanket of snow this weekend over more than 1,500 miles from Denver to Washington.

Even if you see your area getting less snow, that is not cause to celebrate. The better chance for scattered power outages will be in areas where we are expecting freezing rain to accumulate.

For many areas, this will be a long-duration winter storm event that lasts more than 12 hours and perhaps as long as 48 hours in some cases.

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Half a foot of snow also is expected to fall across southern Illinois, Indiana and into Virginia. But as the sun sets, the rain will likely transition over to snow as temperatures fall below freezing, according to the weather service.

From there, the next wave of precipitation will be rain and snow through Saturday night.

There is still a chance the storm could strengthen dramatically and turn northward, but there is now just a 20 percent chance of snow overnight Saturday, Jan. 12 into Sunday, Jan. 13 for downstate NY and southern CT.

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The storm is not cold, with temperatures staying in the 30s across parts of the Front Range.

Forecasters are calling for snow ranging from 2 to 6 inches, with the highest amounts along and north of Highway 50. Snow spread across Western Kansas during the early afternoon.

The City of Topeka said street crews are monitoring road and bridge conditions.

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There is a slight chance for a few flurries on Monday, otherwise a dry week with milder weather returning on Tuesday.

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