Saturday's welcome day of sunshine and milder temperatures will give way to a chance of freezing rain overnight as March comes in more like a lion than a lamb.
Rain was expected to begin overnight Saturday with temperatures dropping into the lower 30s near freezing around Gainesville. The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for freezing rain in the area from 10 p.m. Saturday through 8 a.m. Sunday.
Some freezing drizzle is possible in valley areas, the Weather Service says, though accumulations are expected to be light. However, it could lead to some glaze on elevated surfaces such as roadways, bridges and overpasses, and motorists are advised to be cautious. In addition, ice could gather on trees and limbs already weakened by the recent ice storm.
The chance for ice could last through morning north of a line from Canton to Cleveland. Any wet surfaces combined with freezing temps could also result in black ice on roadways.
The rain is expected to continue off and on through Sunday with a high in the lower 40s. Sunday night's low won't drop much farther, with Monday bringing more chance of showers and warmer temperatures in the upper 50s.
The week ahead promises to be warmer but wetter with a chance of showers through Thursday, followed by another cold spell.