I do not have good news for everyone. This downpour of rain is going to turn into freezing rain, sleet and eventually snow - meaning a nice, slick layer of ice under the heaps of snow on the roads. I... can't... wait... (said no tri-stater, ever). See what the National Weather Service has to say about this Winter Storm Warning.

  • This Afternoon Showers. Areas of dense fog. High near 49. Southwest wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
  • Tonight Rain showers before 4am, then freezing rain. Areas of dense fog before 7pm. Low around 33. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph becoming north after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected.
  • Wednesday Freezing rain and sleet before 10am, then snow and sleet between 10am and 4pm, then snow after 4pm. Temperature falling to around 28 by 5pm. North wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. New snow and sleet accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
  • Wednesday Night Snow. Low around 16. North wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
  • Thursday Snow, mainly before 7am. High near 21. North northwest wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
  • Thursday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 3. North northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.
  • Friday Sunny, with a high near 30. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon.
  • Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 16. South southwest wind around 6 mph.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PADUCAH HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM

WARNING FOR SNOW...SLEET...AND FREEZING RAIN WHICH IS IN EFFECT

FROM 6 AM WEDNESDAY TO 6 AM CST THURSDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH

IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

 

* TIMING: RAIN SHOULD BEGIN CHANGING OVER TO FREEZING RAIN...

SLEET AND SNOW FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST STARTING EARLY

WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE CHANGEOVER TO SNOW WILL PROGRESS

SOUTHEASTWARD THROUGHOUT THE DAY. THE CHANGEOVER TO SLEET AND

SNOW IS NOT EXPECTED TO OCCUR UNTIL WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON

GENERALLY SOUTH AND EAST OF THE OHIO RIVER. THE SNOW WILL THEN

TAPER OFF FROM NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

 

* MAIN IMPACT: BY EARLY THURSDAY MORNING...SNOWFALL TOTALS ARE

EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM FOUR TO SIX INCHES GENERALLY NORTH AND

WEST OF A LINE FROM MOUNT CARMEL ILLINOIS TO PERRYVILLE TO VAN

BUREN TO DONIPHAN MISSOURI. SOUTH AND EAST OF THAT LINE SIX TO

EIGHT INCHES ARE POSSIBLE. AN EIGHT TO TEN INCH SWATH OF

SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE GENERALLY TWENTY-FIVE MILES EITHER SIDE OF

A LINE FROM NEW MADRID MISSOURI TO CALHOUN KENTUCKY. AS MUCH AS

ONE INCH OF SLEET MAY FALL PRIOR TO THE SNOW... PARTICULARLY

ACROSS WESTERN KENTUCKY AND FAR SOUTHEAST MISSOURI.

 

* OTHER IMPACTS: THIS MUCH SNOW AND SLEET WILL PRODUCE TREACHEROUS

CONDITIONS AND CAUSE SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL ISSUES ACROSS THE

REGION. ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES WILL ALSO BE POSSIBLE. CONFIDENCE

IS HIGH IN THE OUTCOME OF THIS STORM SYSTEM SO MAKE PREPARATIONS

NOW. STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES AND POSSIBLE ADJUSTMENTS TO SNOWFALL

TOTALS.

 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW...

SLEET...AND ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO

POSSIBLE. THIS WILL MAKE TRAVEL VERY HAZARDOUS OR IMPOSSIBLE.