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Snow flurry captured by Discover Ferndale webcam on Main Street (February 27, 2017).

Forecasters: Today’s clear skies will give way to lowland snow Friday

Yesterday’s light dusting accompanied by subfreezing temperatures made driving deceptively hazardous as many drivers discovered. This morning’s commute was only slightly better with several more crashes.

Today’s clear sunny skies along with cold dry air resulted in only a slight increase in temperature but provided radiant heat needed to rid most roads of any leftover ice.

But, National Weather Service forecasters warn, tomorrow will see a return to frozen precipitation and probably a bit more than the dusting we saw yesterday.

Lowland snow is expected after the next system arrives from the northwest late morning Friday and will continue through the afternoon. And another system will move in early Saturday.

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Friday’s weather system is expected to start delivering snowfall after 10am with new snow accumulations of up to 1 inch possible during the day and a half-inch during the night.

Also on Friday, south-southeast winds of 9 to 16mph, with gusts to 20mph are likely. With a high temperature in the mid-30s, wind chill values in the lower 20s can be expected.

When the second system arrives Saturday morning, according to forecasters, there will likely be snowfall for a few hours during the morning until the lowland areas become warm enough for “merely cold rain.”

These snow events may create a repeat of recent driving challenges as temperatures are expected to remain at or just above freezing. Drivers are advised to allow extra time to get where they are going, slow down and maintain greater distances between vehicles under these conditions.

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