Meteorologists call this the snow ratio, and it plays an important role in snow forecasts for a given storm, in addition to determining a weather system's future path.
Freezing drizzle is expected to develop late tonight. Ice accumulations less than one-tenth of an inch, but enough in some areas to cause slick travel. Wind chills in the single digits are expected at times this weekend, the weather service said.
Fri: High: 43 Low: 26 A.M. wintry mix, mostly cloudy, with afternoon rain showers possible. Otherwise, much of the week looks to be dry beyond early Sunday, with another potential rain chance turning to snow for Thursday into Friday.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in place from 9 p.m. this evening through 7 a.m. Saturday. Temperatures by mid morning will be above freezing so the chances of any freezing rain carrying into the late morning are slim to none.
Temperatures will remain basically steady or slowly fall through the day. Mostly cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 36. Snow totals will not be overly impressive, valleys see another 1-3 inches, while the higher elevations see around 4 plus inches. Temperatures should climb above freezing shortly after the noon hour on Sunday.
"Sunday may turn out to be a complete washout", with 1 to 2 inches of rain, Hoffman said. As the day wears on, a cold front will be slipping south. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. However, it has been almost three years since we received even two inches of snow in Emporia.