Wintry mix early; high in the 30s

Tonight — Mostly cloudy. A slight chance of rain and freezing rain in the evening then freezing rain. Rain with snow and sleet likely after midnight. Snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Ice accumulation of up to one quarter of an inch. Lows in the upper 20s. East winds 10 to 15 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 80 percent.

Thursday — Snow, sleet, rain and freezing rain in the morning followed by snow. Sleet and rain likely in the afternoon. Additional snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Ice accumulation of up to a tenth of an inch. Highs in the upper 30s. East winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 90 percent. Thursday night — Snow showers likely. Additional light snow accumulation possible. Lows in the upper 20s. East winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent.

Friday — Snow showers likely. Additional light snow accumulation possible. Brisk with highs in the mid 30s. Southwest winds 20 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 70 percent. Friday night — Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s.

NATION: The storm system in the lower Mississippi Valley will lift northeastward Wednesday.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from minus 9 degrees at Kremmling, Colo., to 84 degrees at Crystal River, Fla.