Freezing rain may cause ice before changing to a raw, cold rain. How much ice occurs?

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A winter weather ADVISORY is in effect for the following counties:
• Tompkins, Cortland, and Chenango counties from 7 AM until 2 PM Friday.
• Oneida and Otsego counties from 7 AM until 7 PM Friday.
• Oswego and Lewis counties from 10 AM until 4 PM Friday.
• Herkimer county from 9 AM until 10 PM Friday.

A winter weather ADVISORY is issued in this case because light icing is expected across parts of the counties, but not enough to disrupt travel. It should also not be enough to cause damage trees and power lines. Instead, slick conditions on roads, sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways are likely especially if they are untreated.

Freezing rain is precipitation that falls as liquid rain, but then freezes on contact with roads, sidewalks, cars, trees and power lines.

Here is what to expect today:
• Early this morning, most spots are waking up to either cloudy skies or some patchy fog or partly clear skies. A few spots have a chance for breaks of sunshine around sunrise. Otherwise, there is very little precipitation that will happen through 8 AM.
• During the mid to late morning, there is a risk for a bit of passing scattered freezing drizzle, or passing light freezing rain shower.
• The largest area of steady precipitation will occur starting late this morning for the Finger Lakes and around 12 PM for Syracuse and Onondaga county and continue through a good chunk of this afternoon. While a large majority of CNY should be safely above the freezing mark (32 degrees), the very coldest typical coldest countryside locations may still be close enough to 32 degrees to cause some additional icing on roads, sidewalks, parking lots, driveways and vehicle windshields. Please be very careful if you are located or drive through one of these very coldest countryside locations this afternoon. By later this afternoon or by sunset at the very latest, even the coldest most rural areas of far east-central and northeast-central New York should be warm enough for just plain rain.
• The entire area has a chance for a brief glaze or trace of ice before changing to plain wet conditions.
• However, the best chance of receiving between 0.01" to 0.10" of ice will be over those coldest countryside locations of the counties listed above, especially over eastern areas.
• To find out exactly how much freezing rain and ice you should expect before changing over to plain rain, watch NBC3 and CBS5 right now. Plus follow us on Facebook and Twitter for even more constant updates.
• You can also click here and scroll to the bottom of the web page to see how much ice will accumulate before melting and changing to rain.

If your area has a winter weather advisory, here is what you should do:
-- Some light ice accumulation will be occurring in the advised area before eventually melting and changing to plain rain later today. Be prepared for some hazardous conditions in the advised area.
-- Keep an eye on Interactive Doppler and Triple Doppler radars on
-- Keep your phone with your CNYcentral mobile app turned on so if warnings are issued you will know.
-- Periodically check NBC3, CBS5 and CW6 for updates on the weather and possible issuance of lake effect snow warnings and advisories.
-- Know which county you live in, and where you are in relation to other counties, especially if you are travelling.
-- Have a winter storm kit ready in your car in case you are stranded.

If you want to send us a picture or video of ice that occurs, please go to our mobile app and click on the “see it send it” Burst application. It is a quick and easy way of sharing your videos and pictures!

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