It might be 60 degrees today, but by Friday we could see some pretty nasty winter weather. The National Weather Service has released this Hazardous Weather Outlook.

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Potential winter storm Thursday night into Friday night:

This Hazardous Weather Outlook is for portions of southern Illinois, southwest Indiana, western Kentucky, and southeast Missouri.


A potential winter storm will impact travel later Thursday night through Friday night. A strong cold front will change rain to a wintry mix and then to snow. The types and amounts of precipitation will depend on the speed of the storm system. A slower storm will result in a longer duration of wintry precipitation.

The main story this weekend will be the arrival of much colder air. Highs will be mainly in the 20s both days, with early morning wind chills near zero early Sunday morning. The cold air will continue into early next week. Another arctic blast on Monday could send wind chills back down to between 0 and -10 by Tuesday morning.

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Including the cities of Mount Vernon, Fairfield, Albion,
Mount Carmel, Pinckneyville, West Frankfort, McLeansboro, Carmi,
Carbondale, Murphysboro, Herrin, Harrisburg, Shawneetown,
Jonesboro, Vienna, Golconda, Elizabethtown, Cairo, Mound City,
Metropolis, Fort Branch, Petersburg, Poseyville, Evansville,
Boonville, Rockport, Hickman, Clinton, Bardwell, Wickliffe,
Paducah, Mayfield, Smithland, Benton, Murray, Marion, Eddyville,
Cadiz, Princeton, Morganfield, Dixon, Madisonville, Hopkinsville,
Henderson, Owensboro, Calhoun, Greenville, Elkton, Charleston,
and New Madrid


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN Paducah HAS ISSUED a Winter Storm Watch...WHICH IS IN EFFECT from Thursday evening through Friday evening.

* WHAT: Rain will be changing to an icy mix of freezing rain and sleet, before changing to all snow, with significant accumulations of snow and ice anticipated.

* TIMING: Thursday night and Friday

* MAIN IMPACT: Icing of roads, trees, and power lines will occur first. This will be followed by accumulating snowfall. Significant accumulations of snow and ice are possible.

* OTHER IMPACTS: Expect possible major impacts on travel to work or school Friday morning. This is a developing situation and may change, but this Watch means conditions are favorable for significant accumulations of snow and ice, so be prepared for impact travel due to snow and ice. In addition, gusty winds, especially late Thursday night and early Friday, may heighten the dangers related to icing, and result in isolated to scattered losses of power by felling ice or snow weighted lines.


A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow...sleet...or ice accumulations that would greatly impact travel. Stay tuned for later statements. This watch will be upgraded to a warning if winter storm conditions become more certain.

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