Weather mix could get ugly

Get ready for wet, raw, windy weather.

According to a collection of reports for this area, the North Country is going to see a considerable mix of rain, sleet, freezing rain and wind over the weekend. The long-range forecast looks a little better, but not much.

The North Country is expected to be hit the hardest during a three-day stretch starting today, with snow and lasting through Monday, when up a half-inch of rain and wind gusts approaching 50 mph are predicted.

After rain drenched the area Friday, temperatures are predicted to fall today into the 20s and stay there as a low tonight, which could lead to several inches of snow and some ice buildup. Sunday’s temperatures are expected to hover around the freezing mark, with precipitation turning to a wintry April mix.

The National Weather Service in Burlington, Vermont, has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for far northern New York and Vermont, including Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. The advisory is in effect from 5 a.m. today until 8 p.m. Sunday. It calls for mixed precipitation with a sleet and snow accumulation of up to 7 inches in localized areas. Dangerous driving conditions are expected, especially tonight.

A flood watch has also been issued for the region as a result of heavy rains mixing with melting snow. A possibility of up to 2 inches of rain in localized areas is included in Monday’s forecast. The mixed precipitation and temperature conditions could also cause to a build up of ice on power lines and trees.

For the rest of the week through Friday, temperatures are predicted to bounce around between the high 20s and the low 40s, with a chance of either rain or snow forecast for each day. Chances of precipitation range from 30 to 50 percent for next week through Friday.

It doesn’t look like the sun will be poking through the clouds anytime soon.