Thursday will bring a return to sunny and dry weather along with much more typical temperatures for January. During the day Tuesday, 3 to 7 inches are possible at the higher elevations.
The current record is 56° set in 2017. The boundary will travel over the state this evening and allow temperatures to drop quickly behind it.
Motorists should pay close attention to the local forecast as accumulation numbers may change as the winter storm approaches.
As we head into the evening and overnight hours, expect to see sleet showers and freezing rain. "An additional 1" to 3" may accumulate on top of the glaze of ice. The changeover from a wintry mix to all snow should be around 4 p.m., according to weather.com. Low 12F. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
Kosarik said the ice below the snow, which falls during the third part of the storm, could pose issues to power lines, sidewalks and roads.
"Ice totals could go as high as 0.1" for areas in the Winter Storm Warning with lower amounts in Arkansas and Mississippi. Scattered showers are expected after 11 PM and through about 5 to 6 AM on Thursday in Central Iowa. Mostly cloudy, with a low around -2. Could be heavy at times. The rainfall will become more widespread this afternoon with embedded heavy downpours. Light ice accumulation possible.
"A wintry mix of precipitation, followed by accumulating snow, blowing snow, and plummeting temperatures may make travel very hard", the National Weather Service reported, noting hazardous travel is expected, especially for the Thursday morning commute.
Early forecast models suggest a foot or more snow is possible across a wide swath of Western New York.
The snow will end early Saturday.
The storm system is expected to hit the northwest and southwest San Juan Mountains, including the towns of Hesperus and Silverton, as well as Telluride, Rico and Ouray.