Freezing rain, snow risk for Great Lakes into Northeast

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On and off rain showers will continue through the morning. "The rains moved in and out quickly and for most neighborhoods, rain totals were 0.5" or less. Unfortunately, as is often the case with small, short-lived tornadic cells, no warning was issued.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6.

The fog will be making a comeback too. Temperatures should be warm enough at the surface that precipitation will be in the form of light to moderate rainfall Thursday night through Friday.

Friday, heavy rain sets up across parts of Arkansas to Tennessee.

The freezing rain and ice will linger straight into Saturday across numerous colder communities of eastern Vermont, New Hampshire, and ME, while plain rain falls farther south as temperatures climb into the 40s and even 50s in some cases.

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Friday: Friday looks similar with morning lows in the mid 50s and highs in the mid 70s. That means after the snow most places will see a period of freezing rain. Rain chances are still 40%.

Meanwhile, cool Arctic air will filter in behind the system, bringing some of the coldest temperatures this season. Wind chills will head back to the 20s by Christmas afternoon, but we get sunshine back for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A freeze is expected for Saturday morning with lows around 30.

A deep low will speed across the country from the south-west on Boxing Day bringing strong, possibly gale force gusts, and the potential for snow on northern England and Northern Ireland. Snow flurries or light snow showers are possible late Saturday night into Sunday morning, ending by noon Sunday with a dusting possible.

Let's put it to rest now. Let's take a day by day look at the expected conditions leading up to Christmas. A cold front should move through before sunrise Friday.

"Confidence is high in a return to a much colder and snowier pattern for the region starting about Christmas Day and lingering at least into mid next week", the National Weather Service said, but "there remains plenty of uncertainty in the day-to-day details".

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