If the forecast holds up, the Tri-State will have experienced nearly every season in the span of about four days with the announcement from the National Weather Service in Paducah placing the majority of the Tri-State under a Winter Storm Watch Friday night.

According to the NWS, this latest weather system is expected to start as rain Friday evening, then change over to snow late Friday night into early Saturday morning as temperatures drop below freezing. Thanks to the amount of moisture in the air, the snow we get is expected to be heavy and wet in some parts of the area.

The complete forecast, as well as the counties affected, reads as follows:

Winter Storm Watch
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Paducah KY
328 AM CDT Thu Apr 5 2018

...Significant snow accumulations possible Friday night...

.A storm system will approach the mid Mississippi and Ohio Valley
regions late Friday. Rain is expected to change over to wet snow
Friday evening and become heavy at times overnight. Several inches
of accumulation are possible generally north of a Perryville
Missouri, to Calhoun Kentucky line. This includes the cities of
Carbondale, West Frankfort, Harrisburg, Mount Carmel, Evansville,
Henderson and Owensboro.

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Jefferson-Wayne IL-Edwards-Wabash-Perry IL-Franklin-Hamilton-
White-Jackson-Williamson-Saline-Gallatin-Union-Johnson-Pope-
Hardin-Gibson-Pike-Posey-Vanderburgh-Warrick-Spencer-Union KY-
Webster-Henderson-Daviess-McLean-Perry MO-
Including the cities of Mount Vernon, Fairfield, Albion,
Mount Carmel, Pinckneyville, West Frankfort, McLeansboro, Carmi,
Carbondale, Murphysboro, Herrin, Harrisburg, Shawneetown,
Jonesboro, Vienna, Golconda, Elizabethtown, Fort Branch,
Petersburg, Poseyville, Evansville, Boonville, Rockport,
Morganfield, Dixon, Henderson, Owensboro, Calhoun, and Perryville
328 AM CDT Thu Apr 5 2018

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY EVENING THROUGH
SATURDAY MORNING...

* WHAT...Moderate to heavy wet snow possible. Total snow
accumulations up to 4 inches are possible. Cannot rule out
isolated higher amounts.

* WHERE...Portions of southwest Indiana, southeast Missouri,
western Kentucky and southern Illinois.

* WHEN...From Friday evening through Saturday morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions.
Significant reductions in visibility are possible.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant
snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue
to monitor the latest forecasts.

[Source: National Weather Service in Paducah]


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