A period of warmth is expected over the weekend after seasonal cold temperatures this week.
But, before the warmth happened, freezing rain pelted area roadways causing motor vehicle accidents across the area.
This, after a 4:35 a.m. statement from the National Weather Service in Binghamton called for light freezing rain and sleet to be rolling through Oneida and Madison counties before wrapping up around 9:15 a.m.
“Temperatures quickly warm up above freezing by the mid-morning hours, changing any mixed precipitation to rain,” the statement read.
And that did in fact happen as Oneida County emergency communication logs and transportation officials reported scattered motor vehicle accidents.
Among the activity reported Friday morning:
Icy road conditions resulted in multiple car accidents on Beacon Light Road, Germany Road and surrounding area’s in Verona. This activity prompted a road closure as first responders dealt with the situation.
-“The NYS Thruway Authority reports I-90 (Thruway) eastbound has all lanes blocked between Exits 29A (Route 169) in the Town of Danube, Herkimer County and Exit 29 (Route 10) in the Town of Canajoharie, Montgomery County and due to a crash,” read a statement from a state Department of Transportation spokesman.
Around 9 a.m. Town of Lee Highway Superintendent William Baker said that roads which iced up around 7 a.m., had already started melting. At that time, he added there weren’t any apparent motor vehicle accidents, “Knock on wood.”
And with the warmth comes rain and the chance for localized flooding, National Weather Service meteorologists say. A flood watch is in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening across Oneida County as up to two inches of rain and one inch of snowmelt is expected during that time period.
Friday morning, National Weather Service Meteorologist David Morford noted, “It’s not atypical to get a warm day in the middle of winter.”
The warm air entering the area late Friday and through Saturday is thanks in part “to a warm air mass coming from the Gulf of Mexico,” creating Saturday high temperatures in the low 50s.
Rain, heavy at times will move across the region Saturday night, and so minor flooding is a possibility in some areas, Morford said.
But, the cold will return on Sunday with a few snow showers, he said.
Early next week, Morford said temperatures will return to seasonal expectations with minimal precipitation.