A steady rain is falling over Paris Thursday morning as area residents brace themselves for the coldest weather of the season, thus far.

The area could wind up seeing more freezing rain than snow with the passage of this blast of Arctic air, based on the forecast.

According to the latest National Weather Service forecast for Paris, this morning’s rain will transition to freezing rain by 4 p.m. Temperatures are expected to remain in the low 30s until they drop into the 20s overnight. Freezing rain or a light winter mix is supposed to continue until around 2 p.m. Friday. After that, the winter precipitation leaves the area but the very frigid temperatures will stay with us through the weekend.

In advance of the freezing rain, superintendents of the Paris, Scranton and County Line school districts cancelled classes Thursday.

Also, Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers said Thursday morning that city employees were "as ready as we can be" to deal with conditions. Rogers added that the city’s electric department employees were traveling the streets Thursday morning looking for limbs that could snap power lines if they become ice-laden and break later.

Logan County remains under a winter weather warning until the early evening hours Friday. The NWS is forecasting that one-quarter to one-half of an inch of ice could fall.

Once the sun sets Friday, temperatures are expected to fall from the upper 20s into the teens. The high Saturday is predicted to be 30 with a low of 23. The high Sunday is predicted to be 31 with a low of 23. There is also a 50 percent chance of light freezing rain Sunday.