Rain and snow mix set to invade area

It may not yet be time to pull out your snow shovels, but an umbrella just might come in handy instead. The forecast calls for a mix of rain and snow to blanket the area through the end of the week.

Rain will continue throughout the evening today along with the steadying colder air in the area, according to Joe Merchant, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. A chance of a rain and snow mix is possible into the evening hours as the temperature falls, he said

The high for the day is predicted to reach 46 degrees while the low will be 31 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent and less than an inch of new rainfall is expected.

On Thursday the rain showers are predicted to continue, mostly in the afternoon hours and into the evening, Merchant said. Rain is expected to turn to snow after 11 p.m. and into the early morning hours.

Thursday will have a 30 percent chance of precipitation in the daytime that will jump to a 50 percent chance overnight, according to the NWS. No significant snow accumulation is expected in this region. The high for Thursday is expected to reach 39 degrees and the nighttime low may drop to 31 degrees.

The chance of a wintery mix remains Friday while the high is only supposed to reach 38 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 40 percent, according to the NWS. The nighttime low is expected to fall to 27 degrees, but at that time conditions should begin to dry out as we head into the weekend, Merchant said.

Merchant also reminds residents that accumulations may be greater in higher elevations due to the lower temperatures and colder air.