Tonight's Latest Snowfall Estimates
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The National Weather Service office in Paducah continues to call for  snow and rain Friday night and Saturday, but totals will vary widely across the area.

A winter storm warning is in effect until noon Saturday for areas north of a line from Poplar Bluff to Evansville, while areas south of that line are under a winter weather advisory (see photo).

The storm system moved across the Mississippi River by 3 pm. In a conference call Friday morning, meteorologists said all of the area would get some form of precipitation by 9 pm, but snow should change to rain and begin moving out of the Missouri bootheel and southwestern Kentucky by midnight.

Sleet and wet snow is expected this evening. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inches are expected in far western Kentucky, including Paducah, and in extreme southern Illinois along the Ohio River from Cairo to Metropolis. Further north 2 to 4 inches could be seen around Vienna, Golconda, and Shawneetown.

Areas north and west of Carbondale to the I-57 corridor should get 3 to 6 inches, and 6 inches or more is expected near Mt. Vernon.

In the conference call, Lead Forecaster Greg Meffert said, "Amounts are going to vary from little if any down near the Tennessee border to a 2-4 inch swath right along the Ohio River. But, then as you get up into the Marion area, Evansville area and then up north toward the I-64 corridor, that's where we're really expecting the biggest impacts to occur and that's where the warning has been issued."

When snow changes over to rain after midnight and temperatures rise on Saturday morning, the rain may help melt the snowfall.

Saturday night into Sunday, colder air will filter in behind the departing storm system, but any snow accumulation is expected to be light.

On the Net:

Paducah Weather Service webpage

Published 03:29 PM, Friday Jan. 11, 2019
Updated 10:22 PM, Friday Jan. 11, 2019