WINTER WEATHER: Tracking a chance for a wintry mix in the Midlands Saturday night through Sunday

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Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 8:41 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2022 at 8:35 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A wintry mix could push into the Midlands this weekend.

Weather Headlines:

- Saturday and Sunday are Alert Days.

- We’re tracking the chance for a wintry mix to develop in the Midlands Saturday night through Sunday.

- Rain and snow could mix during this event. However, some of our forecast models are hinting at the possibility for ice to form.

- Some snow showers could develop in the area as the system begins to exit the region.

- The track of the area of low pressure bringing this moisture will determine exactly what we could see in the Midlands this weekend.

- It’s still too early to determine accumulations of ice or snow.

Weather Story:

Your WIS First Alert Weather Team is tracking the potential for a wintry mix to develop in the Midlands Saturday night through Sunday.

In fact, Saturday and Sunday are Alert Days.

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We’re watching an area of low pressure to our south that will track near the Palmetto State Saturday night into Sunday. As the low moves in, there will be a layer of cold weather already in place, which could support a wintry mix in parts of the Midlands, especially for communities along and north of I-20.

When we’re discussing a wintry mix, we’re mainly talking about the changeover of rain to snow/sleet and/or freezing rain.  And based on some of our forecast models, we could see more or a rain/freezing rain event, making ice a strong possibility for our viewing area. That’s not good news at all.

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Most of this activity will take place during the day Sunday. As the event begins, we could see some snow mixing in with rain and sleet early in the day Sunday.  But through the day Sunday, we’ll likely have freezing rain and sleet pushing through the area.

As the low moves farther away from us Sunday evening and Sunday night, some snow could develop on the backside of the low as colder air rushes in.

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However, at this time, we would probably see a few brief snow showers or flakes, with the potential for some snow to accumulate on grassy or elevated surfaces Sunday.  But don’t hold your breath. This is mainly a freezing rain/ice event as opposed to a snow event.

Please keep in mind that the impacts will all depend on the track of the area of low pressure.  It’s still too early to determine accumulations of ice or snow.

Right now, the chance for a wintry mix on Sunday stands at 80%. But even this could change. High temperatures will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s Sunday.

Some slick spots/black ice will be possible by Monday morning as temperatures dip below freezing.  In fact, temperatures will start the day in the upper 20s.

Stay with your WIS First Alert Weather for further weather updates.

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