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Overnight Freezing, Rain to Cause Slippery Morning Commute

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    NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley explains the temperature warm-up and rain. (Published Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014)

    Be careful hitting the road this morning. While the snow is gone, a mixture of overnight refreezing and rain could lead to slippery conditions.

    A Freezing Rain Advisory is in effect for areas north and west of Philadelphia from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. today as it's possible a line of rain arrives before temps push above freezing.

    Before the rain even arrives, wet surfaces and melted snow refroze overnight, leading to icy conditions in some areas.

    Freezing rain will then move into parts of the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania suburbs around 9 a.m. That’s when the roads will be at their slickest due to the precipitation and icy spots, with temperatures only in the low 30s.

    The rain will move into Philly around 10 a.m. and become heaviest around noon as it moves from the north and west. The system will then clear completely around 2 p.m. and temperatures should push into the mid- to upper-40s.

    NBC10 First Alert Weather meteorologist Bill Henley said it looks like temps in most areas should be above freezing when the rain moves in.

    The big warm-up and melt off began on Wednesday, creating a relief to many but also some problems as well. Investigators say the weight of melting snow caused a carport to collapse in Hatboro, Pa., injuring an elderly man. The heavy snow also led to the roofs of three homes in Lehigh County crashing down. Fortunately no one was hurt during the incidents in the Lehigh Valley.

    With the combination of rain and icy patches melted by the warm-up, some residents are worried about flooding on Wednesday.

    “It’s very dangerous,” said Taneka Dingle of Jenkintown. “We worry about water coming into the house.”

    Thursday will be a mild day with a high of 48 degrees. Friday will be the warmest day of the week with highs near 60. With that warmth comes more rain however as well as a chance of thunderstorms.

    Things will dry out during the weekend with a mild Saturday with highs in the upper 50s and a cooler Sunday with highs in the mid-40s.

    Temperatures will then drop again on Monday when a cold blast moves in.

    Stay with NBC10.com for the latest updates on the severe weather.