The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the majority of the Tri-State. The advisory is in effect from 6:00pm Tuesday, January 19th and continues thru Noon Wednesday, January 20th.

From the NWS...

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
1204 PM CST TUE JAN 19 2016
JEFFERSON-WAYNE IL-EDWARDS-WABASH-PERRY IL-FRANKLIN-HAMILTON-
WHITE-JACKSON-GIBSON-PIKE-POSEY-VANDERBURGH-WARRICK-SPENCER-
FULTON-HICKMAN-CARLISLE-GRAVES-CALLOWAY-HENDERSON-DAVIESS-
PERRY MO-BOLLINGER-CAPE GIRARDEAU-WAYNE MO-CARTER-RIPLEY-BUTLER-
STODDARD-SCOTT-MISSISSIPPI-NEW MADRID-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MOUNT VERNON...FAIRFIELD...ALBION...
MOUNT CARMEL... PINCKNEYVILLE...WEST FRANKFORT...MCLEANSBORO...
CARMI...CARBONDALE...FORT BRANCH...PETERSBURG...POSEYVILLE...
EVANSVILLE...BOONVILLE...ROCKPORT...HICKMAN...CLINTON...
BARDWELL...MAYFIELD...MURRAY...HENDERSON...OWENSBORO...
PERRYVILLE...MARBLE HILL...CAPE GIRARDEAU...PIEDMONT...
VAN BUREN...DONIPHAN...POPLAR BLUFF...BLOOMFIELD...SIKESTON...
CHARLESTON...NEW MADRID
1204 PM CST TUE JAN 19 2016

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON
CST WEDNESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PADUCAH HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST
WEDNESDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

 

* ACCUMULATIONS...AN AVERAGE OF 3 TO 5 INCHES IS EXPECTED ACROSS
THE ENTIRE AREA. SLEET WILL BE MIXED WITH THE SNOW AT
TIMES...ESPECIALLY IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI AND IN SOUTHWEST
KENTUCKY CLOSER TO THE TENNESSEE BORDER.

HEAVIEST SNOW CHANCE...THERE IS THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVIER SNOW
TO PRODUCE A 6 TO 8 INCH SWATH...MOST LIKELY SOMEWHERE BETWEEN
THE OHIO RIVER AND THE TENNESSEE BORDER ACROSS WESTERN KENTUCKY
AND EXTENDING INTO AND ACROSS ADJACENT PARTS OF FAR SOUTHERN
ILLINOIS AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI.

LESSER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE...THERE IS ALSO THE POTENTIAL SLIGHTLY
LESS WILL OCCUR...LIKE A 2 TO 3 INCH SWATH...MOST LIKELY ALONG
THE INTERSTATE 64 CORRIDOR FROM MOUNT VERNON ILLINOIS INTO
SOUTHWEST INDIANA.

 

* TIMING... SNOW WILL MOVE INTO THE OZARKS OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
AND BORDERING MISSISSIPPI RIVER LOCALES OF SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS
SHORTLY AFTER NIGHTFALL. THE SNOW WILL THEN SPREAD ACROSS
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS AND THE REMAINDER OF SOUTHEAST
MISSOURI...THREATENING SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHWEST
KENTUCKY...BY MIDNIGHT.

AFTER MIDNIGHT...EVERYONE WILL SEE ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL. THE
SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES...AND COULD MIX WITH
SLEET...ESPECIALLY FARTHER SOUTH.

THE SNOW WILL STILL BE GOING PRETTY GOOD AROUND DAYBREAK INTO
THE EARLY MORNING HOURS IN THE SOUTHERN PENNYRILE AREA OF
WESTERN KENTUCKY...BUT WILL BE GENERALLY TAPERING OFF FROM
NORTHWEST TO SOUTHEAST DURING THE WEDNESDAY MORNING
HOURS...ENDING BY MIDDAY WEDNESDAY.

 

* MAIN IMPACT... THE SNOW WILL READILY STICK TO PAVED SURFACES...
CAUSING A RAPID DETERIORATION OF TRAVEL CONDITIONS. THE
WEDNESDAY MORNING COMMUTE WILL BE VERY HAZARDOUS. TRAVEL WILL BE DIFFICULT AND IS DISCOURAGED.

 

* OTHER IMPACTS... VISIBILITY WILL BE REDUCED TO A MILE OR LESS AT
TIMES DURING THE HEAVY PRECIPITATION...MAINLY LATE TONIGHT AND EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. IF THERE IS ANY FREEZING RAIN...IT WILL BE SHORT LIVED AND CONFINED MAINLY TO LOCALES CLOSER TO THE TENNESSEE BORDER...NOT GENERALLY AFFECTING OVERALL OVERALL SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIVE TOTALS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

 

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF
SNOW...SLEET...AND OR ICE ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT...
FOOD...AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

As always, stay tuned to WBKR on-air and online for any updated information regarding the weather conditions and impending closures.