Winter Storm Watch in effect through Saturday evening

A Winter Storm WATCH remains in place for Whiteside County from noon Friday until 6pm Saturday evening.

Today will remain quiet, but much colder with highs only in the lower 20s under a mostly sunny sky.

By Friday afternoon and evening, areas of snow will begin to develop transitioning to a mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain around midnight Saturday morning. This mix will create a glaze of ice on untreated surfaces. Some light snow accumulations will be likely ahead of this transition, but most of the snow will be compacted by the freezing rain that follows. Temperatures will rise above freezing by mid-morning Saturday transitioning all precipitation to rain.

An Arctic front follows for the afternoon that will send temperatures crashing below freezing followed by strong winds gusting up to 45 MPH at times. A few snow showers are possible, too.

In all, the biggest impact from this system will be the light snow accumulations on frozen pavement Friday evening and the glaze of ice that forms into the early morning hours of Saturday.