Winter weather to move in Tuesday night
A winter storm will impact the region Tuesday night with areas of heavy snow possible across parts of southeast Missouri and southern Illinois, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky.
A winter weather advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday to noon Wednesday for portions of southern Illinois, Southwest Indiana and Southeast Missouri including Scott County and Sikeston, Missouri, and Stoddard County and Bloomfield, Missouri. As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, Mississippi and New Madrid Counties are not included in the advisory, but that could change as the storm moves across the area, the Weather Service said.
With the advisory wet snow is expected with total snow accumulations of up to 2 inches and wind gusts as high as 30 mph. Motorists should plan on slippery road conditions and impact to the Wednesday morning commute, the Weather Service said. They should slow down and use caution while driving.
A winter storm warning for Cape Girardeau, Jackson, Doniphan, and Poplar Bluff, Missouri, is in effect from 6 p.m. to noon Wednesday. Heavy, wet snow is expected in these areas with total snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches. Sharp gradients of little snowfall to significant snowfall across a few miles are expected, the Weather Service said.
Winds will be rather strong and gusty, and the combination of gusty winds and heavy wet snow could stress power lines, the Weather Service said. Gusty east winds will shift to the south early Wednesday morning with gusts of 30 to 40 mph will be possible and a wind advisory has been issued for parts of the area.