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As multiple disturbances move in from the West, leading to snow in the Northern Tier and flooding rains across much of the East, in between will be the battle between the warm and cold air. Based on the forecast atmospheric profile, the setup is conducive for freezing rain, and days of it for some areas. With freezing rain, you need a thick layer of warm air aloft and a thin layer of freezing temperatures at the surface. This allows for snowflakes to melt into raindrops as they fall from the clouds, then once they hit the ground, those raindrops will freeze on contact, therefore coating all surfaces in ice. Below, we have a side-by-side comparison of the 850 millibar temperatures, which is at about 1000 feet in altitude, and the surface temperatures for midday Monday. We then outlined where freezing rain is possible in the black on both maps. This…