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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Blizzard warning in effect

  • Snowplows are out treating highways with salt tonight as the snow flurries have just started and winds are picking up. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning.
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  • Snowplows are out treating highways with salt tonight as the snow flurries have just started and winds are picking up. The National Weather Service has issued the following blizzard warning:
    BLIZZARD CONDITIONS EXPECTED TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING
    A LOW PRESSURE CENTER WILL TRACK NORTHEAST ACROSS MIDDLE TENNESSEE LATE TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING. ON THE NORTH AND WEST SIDE OF THE LOW TRACK...A SWATH OF VERY HEAVY SNOW AND STRONG
    WINDS WILL CREATE BLIZZARD CONDITIONS.
    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PADUCAH HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON CST WEDNESDAY. THE BLIZZARD WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
    * SNOWFALL AMOUNTS: ACROSS SOUTHERN ILLINOIS...THE IMMEDIATE EVANSVILLE AREA...AND SOUTHWESTWARD ALONG THE OHIO RIVER INTO THE PURCHASE AREA OF WEST KENTUCKY...8 TO 11 INCHES OF SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED. OVER SOUTHEAST MISSOURI 4 TO 8 INCHES CAN BE EXPECTED. SOME LOCALIZED AREAS MAY SEE VERY INTENSE BANDING WHERE OVER A FOOT OF SNOW WILL BE POSSIBLE.
    * WINDS: WINDS TONIGHT WILL INCREASE TO AROUND 25 MPH...WITH FREQUENT GUSTS FROM 30 TO 40 MPH. THESE STRONG WINDS WILL PERSIST THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE COMBINATION OF THESE GUSTY WINDS AND THE FALLING SNOW AND POSSIBLY BLOWING SNOW MAY REDUCE VISIBILITIES TO UNDER A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.
    * TIMING: SNOWS WILL GRADUALLY SPREAD NORTH AND EAST OVER THE REGION THROUGH THE EVENING. THE HEAVIEST SNOWS AND STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP BETWEEN MIDNIGHT TO 6 AM WEDNESDAY. CONDITIONS WILL BEGIN TO IMPROVE BETWEEN 8 AM AND NOON ON WEDNESDAY.
    * IMPACTS: BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED. EXPECT TRAVEL TO BECOME VERY DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW COULD MAKE ROADS IMPASSABLE THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY WEDNESDAY.
    WHITEOUT CONDITIONS MAY CREATE A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION FOR THOSE VENTURING OUTDOORS. BLOWING SNOW MAY CONTINUE INTO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON OVER PORTIONS OF THE AREA...SO THE WARNING MAY NEED TO BE EXTENDED INTO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON...ESPECIALLY IN THE EAST.
    * OTHER IMPACTS: THE HEAVY WET SNOW AND STRONG WINDS MAY BRING DOWN SOME TREES AND POWER LINES. IN ADDITION...SHOVELLING HEAVY WET SNOW HAS CAUSED HEART ATTACKS...BACK PROBLEMS...AND OTHER ISSUES IN PAST WINTER STORMS.
    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
    A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

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