We are seeing a faster changeover from freezing rain to sleet... That means worst travel conditions and a slightly lower threat for extreme ice accumulation that could lead to potential power outages today. We may even see some snow mixing in across Lamar, Marion and Winston counties later this morning.
At times, don't be shocked if you hear thunder and also hear it sleeting heavily outside. There is some elevated instability leading to some claps of thunder and heavier precipitation.
The warm nose aloft which is greater than 8° C is having little effect on the warm droplets falling into the subfreezing layer below freezing into ice pellets. Typically, the warm nose that warm results in freezing rain and not sleet but it's not the case this go around.
We have bumped up sleet amounts and decreased freezing rain amounts slightly. See the graphic below!
Travel conditions are going downhill quickly across the northern counties under a winter storm warning! Travel is not advised!
We'll continue to keep you updated!
Jill Gilardi Meteorologist