WINTER STORM WARNING Issued for the Broadcast Area

Winter Storm Hunter a Potential Plains Blizzard Wednesday, Thursday; Then a Mess of Snow, Ice in Ohio Valley

Most of the rain comes ahead of that front, but an intense upper-air disturbance behind the front generates more rain - and some snow and sleet - in the colder air.

Warmer temperatures coupled with the chance of freezing rain could cause flooding this weekend, especially in western NY, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain is possible Wednesday night and Thursday, before rain changes to snow late Thursday afternoon as daytime temperatures fall to below freezing.

Northwest Montana valleys could be buried in a fresh 10 inches of new snow by Friday.

An ice storm is possible in these areas Friday and Saturday. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS. A Winter Storm Watch for blizzard conditions means there is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibilities. Areas above 7,000 feet will get a few feet of snow, Mueller said. Wind chills on Thursday will drop to near 20 below zero.WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

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WHAT.Heavy snow and blowing snow possible.

The greatest snowfall totals from phase one of this system will likely be found in the Mountain West, including the Cascades, Sierra and the northern Rockies.

6 p.m. - midnight: Mostly cloudy, very cold and dry.

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.

Here's a look at our forecast map for Friday night to give a general idea of the areas that could see wintry weather. We will have partly to mostly cloudy skies with snow showers.

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