After a couple of nice weather days, at least for January, we are about to experience some more changes as winter returns. A low pressure system has begun digging down into the Ohio Valley and as that is happening we are going to see some rain to start. Look for light rain showers later tonight basically overnight and into early Friday morning. The rain will push east quickly, then the cold air arrives. There's a dry slot expected around midday so it's even possible we welcome the sunshine back for a few hours before the fun begins.
A couple of convective snow showers are expected to move in from the northwest and could even be heavy at times. These will basically be Lake Effect snow showers which could put down some accumulation in a hurry in spots. It will be quite difficult to pinpoint where these will be, but models show them for much of the state at one point or another. Be aware that road conditions could change quickly Friday evening through Saturday morning, but the accumulation will mostly be light and stay on the grass. Snow totals will not be great, but could reach 1 inch quickly with the heavier bands. Expect more scattered snow showers off and on through Saturday and Sunday as high temperatures remain in the mid 30s. We won't see much improvement into next week either as more snow showers are likely through the 8 day forecast. The temperature trend will continue to run in the 30s to 40s next week with one day near 50 degrees.