Winter weather coming later this week
The Weather Authority is tracking the potential for wintry weather that could impact the Local 6 region later this week. Here is the Winter Storm Watch issued for the Local 6 area, with starting and ending times varying depending on where you are in the region:
A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY EVENING
* TIMING...FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA THURSDAY
EVENING...WITH THE PRECIPITATION TRANSITIONING TO SLEET AND SNOW
BEFORE WINDING DOWN FRIDAY AFTERNOON.
* MAIN IMPACT...SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF SLEET...SNOW AND IN
SOME AREAS...ICE...WILL LIKELY RESULT IN TREACHEROUS DRIVING
CONDITIONS THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY. IN ADDITION...SOME
ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES CANNOT BE RULED OUT...WHERE FREEZING RAIN
IS MOST PREVALENT...WHICH SHOULD BE FROM SOUTHEAST MISSOURI INTO
THE SOUTHERN TIP OF ILLINOIS.
A WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT
THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON FOR WESTERN KENTUCKY...AND PORTIONS OF
SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS (CLOSER TO THE WABASH RIVER)... AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI (CLOSER TO THE BOOTHEEL).
* TIMING...FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET WILL OVERSPREAD THE AREA LATE
THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING. THE PRECIPITATION WILL
GRADUALLY CHANGE TO SLEET AND SNOW...BEFORE COMING TO AN END BY
THE END OF THE DAY FRIDAY.
* MAIN IMPACT...SIGNIFICANT ACCUMULATIONS OF ICE...SLEET AND SNOW
WILL LIKELY RESULT IN TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS THURSDAY
NIGHT AND FRIDAY. IN ADDITION...SOME ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES WILL
BE POSSIBLE...WHERE FREEZING RAIN IS MOST PREVALENT...WHICH
APPEARS TO BE ACROSS WEST KENTUCKY.
IN NW TENNESSEE...
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY EVENING.
* SNOW/SLEET/ICE ACCUMULATIONS...A HALF TO THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH OF ICE ACCUMULATION. UP TO ONE INCH OF SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION.
* TIMING...3 AM FRIDAY MORNING THROUGH 9 PM FRIDAY EVENING.
* IMPACTS...VERY HAZARDOUS TRAVEL...DOWN TREE BRANCHES AND POWER LINES...AND THE POTENTIAL FOR MAJOR AND PROLONGED POWER OUTAGES.
In addition to the potential for wintry precipitation, the weekend will bring another round of very cold air. High temperatures on Friday & Saturday will likely not make it above freezing, and lows both nights will fall into the teens, perhaps even single digits, if there is significant snow on the ground.
Continue to check with The Weather Authority throughout the week for further updates.