Prepare now for icy conditions!
That’s the admonition from the local National Weather Service office regarding the likelihood of a “flash freeze” to occur on Sunday as an Arctic air flows into the area.
A robust and complex storm system slated for later Saturday into Sunday is giving forecasters headaches as they work to determine precipitation types and overall impacts.
As of Thursday morning, the highest threat for accumulating snowfall is to the north and northwest of the I-95 corridor, while areas at the Shore will likely see rain or a mix, according to the National Weather Service. Icing is also a substantial threat to the north and west of the Shore.
With an abundance of precipitation throughout the area, what is certain, according to the forecasters, is a flash freeze on Sunday as temperature plummet.
The National Weather Service says temperatures at dawn on Sunday will be the highest of the day, falling between 15 and 30 degrees by sunset. The entire Shore region will be below freezing.
“Wind chills will become dangerously cold by Sunday evening and a quick freeze of standing water is expected. Prepare now for several days of dangerous cold and large icy patches on roads, even where precipitation is all rain,” a Thursday morning National Weather Service forecast advises.
Monday will feature brutally cold conditions before a moderation to around freezing by Tuesday, according to NOAA.