Winter Storm Warning Issued for Southern Indiana and Illinois
#Snowmageddon2021 is coming.
For the past four to five days, Tri-State meteorologists and the National Weather Service have all been forecasting snowfall to start the week for the entire Tri-State area, sending residents to grocery stores across the area to stock up on the essentials and prepare for the possibility of being stuck in their homes for a few days. What we didn't know over that time frame was exactly how much snow we'd see with this first round (a second is expected Wednesday into Thursday), however that changed early Sunday morning when the National Weather Service in Paducah upgraded two-thirds of the Tri-State to a Winter Storm Warning.
According to their statement, the main threat will be what they describe as "significant snowfall" of anywhere between 3 to 6 inches which they expect to start falling later this evening and throughout the day Monday before coming to an end Monday night. This could make driving this evening and all day tomorrow dangerous. So, if you must be on the road for work, give yourself extra time to get there.
In addition to the Winter Storm Warning, the National Weather Service also issued a Wind Chill Advisory until Noon today (Sunday, February 14th, 2021), warning that wind chills could get as low as -15 below zero. If you have outdoor pets, find a place indoors for them to go.
The complete statement from the National Service reads as follows:
Winter Storm Warning
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Paducah KY
300 AM CST Sun Feb 14 2021
Jefferson-Wayne IL-Edwards-Wabash-Perry IL-Franklin-Hamilton-
Cape Girardeau-Wayne MO-Carter-Ripley-Butler-Stoddard-Scott-
Including the cities of Mount Vernon, Fairfield, Albion,
Mount Carmel, Pinckneyville, West Frankfort, McLeansboro, Carmi,
Carbondale, Murphysboro, Herrin, Harrisburg, Shawneetown,
Jonesboro, Vienna, Cairo, Mound City, Fort Branch, Petersburg,
Poseyville, Evansville, Perryville, Marble Hill, Cape Girardeau,
Jackson, Piedmont, Van Buren, Doniphan, Poplar Bluff, Bloomfield,
300 AM CST Sun Feb 14 2021
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY...
...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 AM
* WHAT...For the Wind Chill Advisory, dangerously cold wind chills will continue this morning. Wind chills as low as 15 below zero. For the Winter Storm Warning, heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 3 to locally 6 inches.
* WHERE...Portions of southwest Indiana, southeast Missouri, and southern Illinois.
* WHEN...For the Wind Chill Advisory, until noon CST today. For the Winter Storm Warning, from 6 PM this evening to 6 AM CST Tuesday.
* IMPACTS...Travel conditions will become dangerous tonight and Monday. Commutes Monday morning, Monday evening, and Tuesday morning will be impacted.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 20 mph will likely cause blowing and drifting of snow.
If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
Use caution while traveling outside. Wear appropriate clothing, a hat, and gloves. Frostbite can happen quickly.
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