Overnight Downpours Dampen Commute as Rain Tapers Off

By Storm Team 4
|  Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013  |  Updated 11:12 AM EDT
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Chris Cimino's weather forecast for Wednesday, February 27.

Chris Cimino's weather forecast for Wednesday, February 27.

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Windswept rains and slushy wintry mixes pounded the tri-state area overnight, sending water swirling into storm drains, pooling on sidewalks and transforming into icy patches in some spots as temperatures dipped after midnight.

Watery roadways posed some problems for the morning commute, though with temperatures above freezing in most spots, ice was not a significant concern.

Several accidents were reported throughout the city, though, and speed restrictions were imposed on some bridges as the combination of wind and rain hampered visibility.

Areas north and west of the city experienced wintry mixes of snow and freezing rain at some points overnight, and some schools closed or delayed openings to accommodate the weather. Click here for a complete list of school closings in our area.

Forecasters say the steady rain moves out around noon. Temperatures are expected to rise into the low 50s, though cloudy skies will prevent it from feeling much warmer outside.

Temperatures cool back down into the high 40s on Thursday and the chance for scattered showers returns, meteorologists say. Lingering showers are also possible Friday. The weekend dips slightly cooler, with temperatures capping off in the low 40s amid partly sunny skies.

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