(LITITZ, Pa. – LititzDailyNews.com) Freezing rain is falling in Lititz and throughout Lancaster County Sunday morning creating slippery conditions on roadways, driveways, and sidewalks throughout the area. With temperatures hovering around 32 degrees, a thin layer of ice is quickly forming on surfaces.
The National Weather Service in State College issued a winter weather advisory for portions of Lancaster County including Lititz and surrounding areas until 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are expected as the storm passes through.
Mixed precipitation can be expected today, with a mixture of sleet, snow, and freezing rain in Lititz.
A thin glaze of ice is already coating untreated pavement and road surfaces. Drivers are advised to be aware of dangerous travel conditions and extremely slippery surfaces.
Motorists appear to be heeding the warnings about the treacherous conditions, as traffic is currently light.
Temperatures are expected to rise throughout the day to a high of 41 degrees, with above-freezing temps expected in the afternoon. Temperatures are expected to drop overnight into the mid-20s, with the high tomorrow expected to be 36 degrees.
A stronger cold front will next move into Lititz and Lancaster County, bringing overnight temps in the teens and a high on Tuesday of just 21 degrees. While sunny skies are expected, winds will lower the overnight real-feel temp to almost 0 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday.
Be prepared for extreme cold temperatures even if you are just traveling a short distance. Keep your gas tank full in case you need to use it for a source of warmth. Keep blankets, hand warmers, and enough food and water to last at least 48 hours in your vehicle in case you become stuck.
Charge your cell phone before travel and carry a spare charger or battery backup. Notify friends or family before you travel, and check in frequently while parked. Carry a bag of salt or ice melt in your car and keep a cupful up front in case you need to exit on a slippery surface.
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