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Originally Posted by medic75 View Post
I would love to agree with you, but depending on where the OP is in Pennsylvania, freezing rain is a little different. Under some conditions, freezing rain falls as rain,washing away any residual salt on the tarmac, and then freezes into a sheet of extremely slick ice with a layer of water on top. This is a condition where you have difficulty standing up on. This typically only lasts a couple of hours before the surface temperature rises or the road crews spread some salt. This is common when the ground is frozen and a warm front causes the precipitation to be liquid. While this is likely the worst case scenario, it is not an anomaly.
At 31 first thing in the morning? If the temperature continues to fall during the day maybe, but that is unusual. I suspect that freezing rain at 30-32 is relatively unusual in PA at all, since usually the precipitation falls through a layer of warm air, thawing, before getting cooler on the way down. You don't need studs when it starts falling, and check the forecast for later in the day.
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