Winter weather causes issues on area roads

Weekend weather outlook

Weekend weather outlook

There has been a downed tree and powerline blocking U.S. 45 between Water Valley and Fulton, crews hope to have the tree removed by noon.

The storm system that brought much-needed rain but deadly mudflows to southern California has swept through the Southern Plains and is now making a significant impact with rain, sleet and snow in the East.

After midnight we'll begin to transition from our rain to a wintry mix from the northwest to the southwest. The combination of snow and ice will result in hard travel conditions, potentially including both the morning and evening commutes on Friday, according to the advisory.

Indiana, notably Indianapolis, will see less accumulation - probably only 1-2 inches of snow and sleet across the region. The weather service warned that thick ice could topple trees and cause power outages. Snow is expected to move east of the Tennessee River by early afternoon with some clouds and cold conditions remaining. There's a chance of snow on Sunday and Monday.

The region is now under a flood watch through Saturday afternoon, and a winter storm warning for possibly seven inches of snow starts this afternoon and continues through Saturday morning. Temps will quickly drop below freezing and roads will quickly turn to ice after that.

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The position of the jet stream Sunday will bring in another round of frigid arctic

Although meteorologists have predicted the possible course of the storm this week, they warned that the storm is still evolving, therefore they still can not say for definite the precise places where the storm will mostly hit, urging citizens to stay alert and prepare themselves for severe snow and freezing rain until this weekend.

Penfield, New York has already seen 16 inches of snow accumulation, as of Saturday morning. Plan on hard travel conditions, especially during the evening commute. Highs will be mainly in the 20s Friday and Saturday, with early morning wind chills near zero Sunday morning.

The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a regionwide winter storm watch, in effect Thursday evening.

Temperatures are expected to plummet to 12 degrees in Chicago, for instance, and to freezing or below as far south as Kentucky and Arkansas. Some areas could end up with a tenth of an inch of ice. Expect a couple of inches by mid-night and very tricky travel conditions. Plan on hard travel conditions.

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