A thin layer of snow last night gave way to a more troubling development overnight – a round of freezing drizzle that struck virtually all of Western New York early today.
“Almost everybody got at least an hour or two of freezing drizzle in the early morning,” National Weather Service meteorologist Jon Hitchcock said.
Freezing “drizzle” consists of smaller droplets than freezing rain, and those droplets have an easier time staying unfrozen until they hit the surface of a road, bridge or overpass. Those droplets then freeze on contact, causing potential mayhem, although that happened long before the morning rush hour in most spots.
The good news, Hitchcock noted, is that temperatures are warming up throughout the area and are expected to rise into the upper 30s by this afternoon throughout the region.
But then it gets colder, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Meteorologists are calling for a wintry mix, then a likelihood of snow the next few days. High temperatures are expected to rise only into the mid 20s starting Tuesday, with some overnight lows dipping into the teens throughout the week.