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BREAKING : Winter Storm Warning In Effect

BREAKING : Winter Storm Warning In Effect

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2008 12:00 am

… WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 AM CST TUESDAY… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET… WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNING TO 6 AM CST TUESDAY. THE FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. MOSTLY LIGHT FREEZING RAIN WILL OCCUR TODAY… BUT THE FREEZING RAIN WILL INCREASE IN INTENSITY TONIGHT ALONG WITH THE THREAT OF SLEET. ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF 1/10 OF AN INCH OR LESS ARE EXPECTED TODAY RESULTING IN HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. MORE SIGNIFICANT AND POSSIBLY DAMAGING ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT WITH BETWEEN 1/4 AND 1/2 INCH ICE ACCUMULATIONS. IN ADDITION… BETWEEN 1 AND 2 INCHES OF SLEET ARE POSSIBLE TONIGHT. THE WINTER STORM WARNING MAY NEED TO BE EXTENDED INTO THE DAY TUESDAY IN LATER FORECASTS. A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE AND SLEET ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. COMMERCE WILL LIKELY BE SEVERELY IMPACTED. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL… KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT… FOOD… AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. ICE ACCUMULATIONS AND WINDS WILL LIKELY LEAD TO SNAPPED POWER LINES AND FALLING TREE BRANCHES THAT ADD TO THE DANGER. More Information … SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS EXPECTED ACROSS PARTS OF THE MID-SOUTH BY TUESDAY MORNING… .AN ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL MOVE QUICKLY SOUTHEASTWARD THROUGH THE MID-SOUTH TODAY. SUB-FREEZING TEMPERATURES WILL SPREAD FROM NORTHEAST ARKANSAS TO NEAR THE INTERSTATE 40 CORRIDOR BY NOON… THEN INTO PARTS OF NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI BY MID-AFTERNOON. OCCASIONAL FREEZING RAIN… MOSTLY LIGHT… WILL DEVELOP BEHIND THE COLD FRONT TODAY… RESULTING IN HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. THERE MAY BE A BREAK IN THE FREEZING RAIN DURING THE DAY. HOWEVER… THE MORE SIGNIFICANT AND POSSIBLY DAMAGING ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TONIGHT AS THE FREEZING RAIN INCREASES. SLEET ACCUMULATIONS ARE ALSO POSSIBLE TONIGHT FROM NORTHEAST ARKANSAS ACROSS THE MISSOURI BOOTHEEL INTO NORTHWEST TENNESSEE. WINTER STORM AND ICE STORM WARNINGS MAY NEED TO BE EXTENDED INTO TUESDAY FOR PARTS OF THE AREA. IN ADDITION… FREEZING RAIN ADVISORIES MAY NEED TO BE ISSUED FOR PARTS OF NORTH MISSISSIPPI TONIGHT JUST SOUTH OF THE ICE STORM WARNING TO ACCOUNT FOR MINOR ICE ACCUMULATIONS.

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