Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Winter storm expected to hit a bit later

Today's winter storm warning for Crittenden County and the surrounding area has been pushed back a few hours. The warning, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah, is now in effect from 9 a.m. today to 6 a.m. Thursday. It was originally in effect from 6 a.m. today.

The warning is for snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Rain should begin changing over to a brief period of freezing rain and then sleet from northwest to southeast late this morning near the Ohio River. A prolonged period of sleet is likely before changing over to snow. This changeover will likely not take place until late afternoon. It will taper off early Thursday morning. 

By early Thursday morning, snowfall totals are expected to range from 8 to 10 inches. As much as 1 inch of sleet may fall prior to the snow. If freezing rain and sleet persist for a longer period than expected, snowfall totals will be lower.

This much snow and sleet will produce treacherous conditions and cause significant travel issues across the region. Isolated power outages will also be possible.

The temperature at Marion as of 6:40 a.m. was 39 degrees.

The Press Online will follow with updates or possible adjustments to the forecast.