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Rain, sleet, snow in local forecast

Rain, snow and freezing temperatures are expected to move into the area by Friday, threatening to interrupt holiday events scheduled for the weekend.

The National Weather Service is giving a hazardous weather outlook for Crawford County for the weekend, including a dangerous wind chill potential for Friday and Saturday.

According to forcasters with NWS and AccuWeather Global Weather Center, dangerous cold sweeping over the area will set up a weather pattern favoring a narrow zone of freezing rain, sleet and some snow late this week.

Mixed winter precipitation is on track to begin sometime early Thursday, with a predicted high of 35 degrees and a 100 percent chance of freezing rain, becoming a mix of rain and snow in the evening, according to the NWS.

Friday will see a high of 29 degrees, with an 80 percent chance of snow. Freezing temperatures will continue through the weekend, according to the NWS.

AccuWeather.com reports that the swath of ice and a wintry mix threatens to slow travel and cut power from areas of Texas to Pennsylvania, including parts of Arkansas.

There is the potential for the ice and a wintry mix to last more than a few hours, according to AccuWeather.com.

In some cases, a buildup of ice may span two days, which could result in sporadic power outages.

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