NEXT WEEK: Monday brings more cold and quiet conditions.
Saturday: Rain, mainly before noon.
"We're going to see a real, real sharp temperature drop coming in toward the tail end of the evening rush hour for Chicago", said Edward Fenelon, a meteorologist for the weather service.
Freezing rain is when rain hits roads and other surfaces that are 32 degrees or below and the rain freezes on contact. Spoden said as the cold will still continues to move in toward the Hopkinsville region, more and more will change.
For today, temperatures will warm to around 60 degrees with a low rain chance through 7 p.m. Hopkinsville area will still remain in the rain. The rain to ice change happens from 11 AM to 1 PM from Fayetteville and Huntsville to Decatur and Moulton, then from 1 PM to 3 PM over Sand Mountain around Scottsboro, Fort Payne, Guntersville, and Boaz.
It'll all be below freezing Friday.
The NWS and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet are warning travelers in the area to stay alert as the storm moves into the area.
And snow was being reported in the sharply colder air behind it.
Ice accumulation could be a tenth of an inch of more. Little, if any, snow accumulation was expected along the I-25 corridor of Denver. Trees may fall down.
Slick conditions are also being reported in West Tennessee.
Winter Storm Hunter comes after the last snow storm Winter Storm Grayson which battered the East Coast earlier this month. If there is any sunshine over the weekend and the roads are treated, it should help clear them off.
The National Weather Service has issued a WINTER STORM WARNING for West Central Montana from Missoula to Lookout Pass on I-90. There is a chance that status will be upgraded. The storm track has shifted a bit farther east in recent days, keeping the likelihood of the heaviest of the snow east of the Buffalo Metro area. Saturday will be mostly cloudy and breezy, with highs reaching the 30s to around 40.