Don't blink: Snow may soon change to rain

Winds may hit gusts of 26 mph. Very little ice is expected.

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SNOW TRAILS---Snow leaves trails in the dark of morning in downtown Walla Walla as a bicyclist braves the overnight snow through a Main Street intersection.

WALLA WALLA -- A wintry mix of snow changing to rain looks to be in the forecast for New Year's Eve.

An overnight snowstorm left the landscape blanketed in white today. Unofficial estimates show about 2.5 inches on the ground this morning with only scattered flakes still falling.

But "a complicated weather scenario is expected during the next 24 to 48 hours" with the system that brought the snow leaving the area and another on the way, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow possibly mixed with rain will remain in the forecast for today with chances of precipitation decreasing tonight. Thursday's forecast calls for a chance of rain or freezing rain in the morning then changing to rain.

Temperatues are expected to remain well above freezing with a high near 40 degrees. Windy conditions are also possible with gusts as high as 26 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent, but little or no ice accumulation is expected.

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