Our streak of below zero hours ended earlier this morning with a total of 79 consecutive hours spent below zero in Rochester! This is by no means a record as that honor still remains with our cold streak of 1996 when we recorded 162 hours below zero! The good news is that temperatures continue to rebound for this weekend and you may even start to see some of the ice on area roads begin to melt!
This weekend features a nice departure from this past week as high temperatures actually climb above freezing along with the chance for some liquid precipitation! Look for highs on Saturday to top the mid to upper 30s under partly sunny skies with clouds thickening up heading into the late afternoon and evening. Our next storm system delivers the chance for light rain showers to the area Saturday night and into Sunday. Freezing drizzle or rain may be possible for Saturday night, especially for untreated surfaces as pavement temperatures may remain well below freezing thanks to our latest cold snap. That means you may find slick roads and sidewalks across the area Sunday morning!
Drizzle and light rain showers remain in the forecast for Sunday as high temperatures make a run at 40 degrees under mainly cloudy skies. Light rain gives way to a mix of freezing rain, ice and snow by early Monday morning with minor snow accumulations possible by the midday Monday. This mix of precipitation may lead to a slick morning commute on Monday as high temperatures fall back to the lower 30s. Several more storm systems are possible for next week with the chance for snow Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday and Thursday!