Freezing rain and sleet are expected to start falling in the metro-east Saturday night -- and by the time the weekend is over metro-east residents could have up to 5 inches of snow on their lawns along with a half inch of ice.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from 6 p.m. Saturday through 6 a.m. Monday.
Saturday will begin with mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the 40s. But then the weather is expected to turn nasty Saturday night into Sunday.
Meteorologists said 2 to 5 inches of snow and about a half inch of ice are possible by the end of Sunday.
Forecasters are calling for a 70 percent chance of rain before 8 p.m. Saturday and then freezing rain and sleet after that.
Sleet is expected Sunday and there is a 90 percent chance of snow Sunday night, according to the weather service.
Snow accumulation totals are expected to be higher in the northern parts of the metro-east while more ice accumulation is likely in the southern part.
National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said that with the sleet coming before the snow, motorists need be careful when traveling this weekend.
"That's a dangerous prescription, especially when you talk about precipitation not being all snow," he said. "If it was all snow, it would be straightforward and not be as big of a deal. You can drive around in snow. If it's ice, we're really advising extreme caution late Saturday and Sunday, and of course on Sunday night. The best chance of accumulation of snow is Sunday night when we will have colder temperatures. It will drop and we could get around 2, 3 or 4 inches. Whatever we end up with, there will easily be some ice beneath all of that. It could certainly be a dangerous situation."
Just as weather conditions have been this past week, temperatures for the first few days of March will be well below normal. The average low temperature for the first two days of the month is 32 and average high is 50.
The low expected for Saturday night is 21, on Sunday night it is 12 and on Monday night 4.
The record low for March 1 is 5 and was recorded in 1962. The record low for March 2 is 2 and was set in 1980.
On March 1, 1916, a record of 6.8 inches of snow fell in the region and on March 2, 1912, a record 7.8 inches of snow was recorded in the region.
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