Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Watch upgraded to winter storm warning

A winter storm watch for Crittenden County and the surrounding area has been upgraded to a warning by the National Weather Service in Paducah. The warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday and is for snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Rain should begin changing over to freezing rain sleet and snow from northwest to southeast starting early Wednesday morning. The changeover to snow will progress southeastward throughout the day. The changeover to sleet and snow is not expected to occur until Wednesday afternoon, generally south and east of the Ohio River. The snow will then taper off from northwest to southeast Wednesday night.

By early Thursday morning, snowfall totals are expected to range from 6 to 8 inches are possible. As much as 1 inch of sleet may fall prior to the snow, particularly across western Kentucky and far southeast Missouri.

This much snow and sleet will produce treacherous conditions and cause significant travel issues across the region. Isolated power outages will also be possible. Confidence is high in the outcome of this storm system, so make preparations now.

Strong winds are also possible. This will make travel very hazardous or impossible.

The Press Online will follow with updates or possible adjustments to snowfall totals.