A high of 22 was expected Friday before an overnight low of 8 degrees Friday night as lake effect snow could lead to snow showers in the area.
The rain alone may not be enough to cause flooding issues, but it will occur at the same time as a significant warm up, a week after frigid temperatures gripped the region and caused local waterways to be covered with ice.
Temperatures will fall rapidly later Saturday morning.
During the day it will feel between 15 and 25 degrees with the 15-mph winds, while at night, with a low around 10 degrees expected, the wind will make it feel as cold as 5 below zero.
Today's rain is expected to transition into a wintery mix around midnight and into snow later.
One thing to remember is that the ground is already pretty cold to support freezing on surfaces.
"There are still several days to go before a lot of fine-tuning can be done in terms of timing and snowfall amounts", said forecasters in Huntsville on Saturday morning.
With the possibility of fast-dropping temperatures on Saturday, area residents should be wary of "flash freezing", she said.
Saturday: Rain ends. Briefly may change to freezing rain or sleet before ending, mainly north. Temperatures falling to the lower 20s by dark.
In case the prediction turns out to be true, being prepared is the best way to beat the snow. Strong north winds will continue at 20-25 miles per hour, with gusts to 33 miles per hour, according to NWS, before decreasing after midnight.
Sunday: Dry and colder.
"This unusual change in temperature can be risky this time of year, as ice on roads and in waterways melt, and in order to ensure the safety of residents and travelers, I have directed state resources to be ready in advance for whatever Mother Nature brings our way", Governor Cuomo said. Day is expected to be near 22 degrees while the nighttime low is expected to be around 16 degrees.
There is also a chance of some light snow Tuesday into Wednesday.
Tulsa city crews began treating roads Thursday morning ahead of a cold front that dropped temperatures by as much as 20 degrees.
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