The rain is developing on the plateau this afternoon but it is beginning as some sleet. It may even pour sleet for a bit in your area. No worries, though. Temps are well above freezing and will remain above freezing through the rest of the day and night.
Sleet develops when rain falls into cool, dry air. The rain tries to evaporate in the drier air. Since evaporation is a cooling process, it cools a layer of air above the surface to freezing, causing what’s left of the evaporating raindrop to freeze into a sleet pellet. That pellet doesn’t have time to melt before it hits the surface, where temps are above freezing.
Rain becomes likely tonight.
By Sunday night, our surface temps will fall below freezing and snow flakes will fall. That’s when we’ll be concerned about slick spots.
You all stay warm today. Southerly winds will kick up tonight and we’ll actually be warmer tonight than we are today! Secure any loose outdoor objects. Winds could gust to 30 mph or so. Crazy January weather. (ha).