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Bloomington could be hit with more snow, ice Saturday


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Prepare for more snow this weekend, Hoosiers. Snow is expected to begin Saturday, according to local weather agencies. One to three inches of snow and ice is expected. 

Local weather services are predicting rain beginning around 4 a.m. Saturday. When temperatures drop around 3 p.m., the rain is expected to turn into snow.

Cody Kirkpatrick, IU lecturer in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, said Saturday's weather forecast is tricky to predict. Depending on how quickly the temperature drops, the rain may not turn into snow until Saturday night, Kirkpatrick said.

“The time the temperature changes is really important because of the way that rain and snow are different,” Kirkpatrick said. “In terms of water content, one inch of rain is about the same as one foot of snow.”

Temperatures on Saturday will determine how much snow will accumulate and how difficult travel could be. Kirkpatrick said there is no way to know for sure what the weather will be like.

“The forecast for Evansville on Saturday is all rain, but for Kokomo, it is all snow,” Kirkpatrick said. “We are caught in the the middle.”

The El Niño weather pattern, which comes from the fluctuating temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, is spreading across the world and affecting weather patterns, Kirkpatrick said. 

Next Tuesday’s forecast predicts more possible snow in the evening.

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