Snow to taper off, but rain expected

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 27, 2003

It's a winter wonderland -- again.

Lawrence County and the Tri-State area was hit yesterday with two inches of snow that closed area schools and resulted in a number of minor traffic accidents yesterday evening and this morning. But the snow may not stick around long -- a warm front expected to pass through the area tomorrow will bring warmer temperatures and a chance of rain.

"It's kind of a mixed bag," National Weather Service hydrometeorologist John Sikora said. " "The precipitation tomorrow could start out as snow but as the temperatures rise, become rain or a mix of snow and rain."

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If it seems like the area is getting more frequent snow falls this winter, Sikora said looks can be deceiving.

"The previous winters have been warmer due to El Nino. But now, we're actually getting back to (the kind of) winter we should have, back into a more normal pattern."

As another cold front pushes into the area early next week, the chance for snow returns.