Wintry Mix Slows Commute Slightly Amid Warming Temps; Rain Ahead

Meteorologists expect rain to cross over most of the tri-state region this afternoon, with temperatures reaching the high 40s in the city.

By Steve Sosna
|  Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012  |  Updated 10:23 AM EDT
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A wintry mix of light snow, sleet and freezing rain made roads and sidewalks a bit slippery overnight, slowing down the Tuesday morning commute and contributing to some accidents mostly north and west of the city.

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Authorities reported a few scattered accidents in northern New Jersey and upstate New York, but most were cleared by 6:30 a.m.

Most roadways should just become wet over the next several hours as any residual icy slickness melts amid rising temperatures.

Meteorologists expect rain to cross over most of the tri-state region this afternoon, with temperatures reaching the high 40s in the city.

Drier conditions are expected by Tuesday evening’s commute, with sunshine returning on Wednesday.

Forecasters say the area may experience another round of flurries or snow showers late Thursday into Friday morning, but do not expect more of a light dusting on the roads and sidewalks.

Another system could bring rain and or snow Saturday, meteorologists say. That storm is not expected to be powerful, but it could bring just enough precipitation to make things a bit messy across the region.

At this point, meteorologists expect a significant increase in temperatures next week, possibly well into the 50s.

Here's a brief look at your seven-day forecast:

TODAY: Early wintry mix north and west of the city gives way to rain in the afternoon, high of 47 in the city and near 40 degrees north and west of the city.

TONIGHT: The weather turns mostly cloudy and breezy with chances of a brief passing shower, low of 36.

WEDNESDAY: Weather turns windy and mostly sunny, a high of 40.

THURSDAY: Sunny skies give way to clouds. Flurries are possible after 5 p.m., high of 36.

FRIDAY: Early flurries possible, high of 34.

SATURDAY: Snow or snow mixed with rain. Some accumulation is possible, especially north and west of the city, high of 35.

SUNDAY: Clouds move in, high of 40.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny with milder temperatures, high of 48.

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