National Weather Service warns of upcoming storm
PADUCAH, Ky. - The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch from 6 a.m. Wednesday until late Wednesday night.
According to the NWS, rain should begin changing over to freezing rain, sleet and snow from northwest to southeast late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in the region. The snow will then taper off from northwest to southeast Wednesday night.
Forecasters are calling for snowfall by early Thursday morning in the range from 2 to 5 inches along the northern periphery of Southern Illinois to up to 6 to 8 inches southeast of a line from Petersburg, Ind., to Carbondale, Ill., to Poplar Bluff, Mo. Locally higher amounts are likely where snow banding occurs. As much as one inch of sleet may fall prior to the snow, particularly across western Kentucky and far Southeast Missouri.
"This much snow and sleet will cause significant travel issues across the region," according to the forecasters. "Isolated power outages will also be possible."