Winter Storm WARNING and ADVISORY issued in Heartland - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

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Winter Storm WARNING and ADVISORY issued in Heartland

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the central counties of the Heartland though 6 a.m. on Monday. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for all other areas of the Heartland through 6 a.m. on Monday.

A strong cold front is moving toward the Heartland and will bring the coldest air of the season so far. 

At the same time, a disturbance along the northern Gulf of Mexico will bring moisture into the area as the cold air moves in. This will produce the first accumulating snowfall of the season for the Heartland.

It appears most of the area will see between one and two inches of snow between now and 2 a.m. on Monday. The greatest chance of seeing two to four inches of snow and locally more is along the Ohio River down to the Dexter area in Missouri. Snowfall amounts should average more than two inches in this area.

Precipitation should begin to fall over much of the area Sunday evening after sunset. The precipitation may start off as rain but change to a mixture of sleet and snow after 9 p.m. in areas along and south of the Ohio River. Between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., the snow should begin to pick up across much of the area with the heaviest snow developing along the Ohio River Valley. By 4 a.m. on Monday, most of the snow should have moved out of the area.

With most of the snow falling during the overnight hours, we do expect most roads to become snow covered and slick. Click here for road condition information. 

Many roads have been treated already and road crews will have a couple of hours to remove snow before Monday's morning commute. 

However, bridges, overpasses and secondary roads will probably remain snow covered and slick through our much of the day on Monday. 

Behind the cold front, temperatures look to remain below freezing for at least 48 hours. 

We will see a few snow flurries off and on throughout the day on Monday, but no additional accumulation is expected.

Here is what I am expecting based on averaging all the model data available:

The highest snowfall total in the DMA 3.1". The lowest snowfall total in the DMA 0.5". The average snowfall for the entire Heartland could be 1.4".

  • Cape Girardeau: 1"-2"
  • Farmington: 1"- 1.5"
  • Mount Vernon: 1.5" -2.5"
  • Paducah: 2"-3"
  • Bootheel: 1"-2"
  • Poplar Bluff: 1"-2"
  • NW Tennessee: 1"-2"

The best chance of seeing three or more inches of snow will be from Shawneetown to Paducah to Sikeston (where the NWS has the warning).

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