Winter storm expected January 12

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The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory in areas across the state - specifically northwest of the Boston to Providence corridor - warning of "flash freeze" as the weather dips below freezing Saturday.

Ice accumulations from one tenth to three tenths of an inch are expected, with snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible.

On subway lines, the T will run observation trains overnight on Friday and Saturday, anti-icing trains will prepare tracks on Saturday morning for the temperature plunge, and crews will be available to address water damage or treat frozen surfaces Saturday afternoon, the authority said. Snowfall accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible.

The National Weather Service also has issued flood watches from Kentucky to ME, with over 30 million people under the threat of flooding from heavy rain and snow melt.

MIX, TEMPS DROP QUICKLY: Temperatures drop quickly in the very early morning hours of Saturday.

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Rain will continue through Friday night with a high near 58.

If you have to travel Friday, please use extreme caution, especially in the morning.

A strong cold front was moving through the state on Friday morning, along with scattered rain.

"Snow and sleet will be heavy and dense, making it a challenge to shovel", the warning said. We should all see at least a light glaze that will make things slippery.

"An end to the brief January thaw sweeps east for this weekend", the National Weather Service said.

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The Weather Channel has named the storm Winter Storm Hunter.

The band of snow, sleet and freezing rain will head east through the Tennessee Valley, Ohio Valley and eastern Great Lakes. The previous record was 113 inches in February 2010 at Laurel Summit in Somerset County. Wind chills are expected to be below freezing and speeds are expected to be between 10-25 miles per hour.

The storm may bring major travel disruptions throughout the region. "But the later they can come in the more it will allow that to happen". Rain will become steadier in the afternoon and heaviest by Friday night with big puddles and torrential downpours for the evening commute.

Like the rest of the community the County Engineer watched the changes as the storm forecast is updated.

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