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Winter Storm Warning



THE WINTER STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST FRIDAY.

* TIMING...FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET WILL SPREAD FROM SOUTHERN ILLINOIS ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA EARLY THIS EVENING...WITH THE PRECIPITATION TRANSITIONING TO SLEET AND SNOW OVERNIGHT. THE PRECIPITATION WILL COME TO AN END AS SNOW FROM WEST TO EAST FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

* AMOUNTS...TOTAL ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM NEAR A TENTH OF AN INCH OVER MUCH SOUTHERN ILLINOIS TO A HALF INCH OR MORE OVER MUCH OF WEST KENTUCKY AND THE BOOT HEEL REGION OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI. TOTAL SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS WILL RANGE FROM 4-8 INCHES OVER MUCH OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS TO JUST AN INCH OR 2 OVER MUCH OF WEST KENTUCKY.

* MAIN IMPACTS...THIS IS A MAJOR WINTER STORM. TREACHEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS HAVE ALREADY DEVELOPED OVER MUCH OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS...AND THEY WILL BE DETERIORATING TO THE SOUTH AND EAST INTO SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND WEST KENTUCKY EARLY THIS EVENING. CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO BE TREACHEROUS THROUGH FRIDAY. SOME ISOLATED POWER OUTAGES CANNOT BE RULED OUT...ESPECIALLY OVER WEST KENTUCKY. 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. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.