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Wind and Blowing Snow to Impact Travel Tonight

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National Weather Service, Paducah.
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The National Weather Service in Paducah is predicting some significant winter weather for our region tonight.

An arctic front is approaching with bone chilling cold that will bring snow and wind gusts up to 40 mph. A winter weather advisory is in effect for the entire WKMS listening area until midnight.  Hazards include flash freezing, black ice and downed trees due to wind gusts and saturated ground.

Here's detail from NWS:

* WHERE...The highest snow accumulation of 2 to 4 inches, with
 locally higher amounts possible, is forecast in a band near the
 confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in southeast
 Missouri, southern Illinois, and western Kentucky. Lesser
 amounts are forecast to the north near Mount Vernon, Illinois,
 and south near the Tennessee border, where totals of 1 to 2
 inches are expected.

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Snowfall total predictions

* WHEN...Rain will change to snow this afternoon for most of the
 area, but may wait until early this evening in the Kentucky
 Pennyrile area from Owensboro to Hopkinsville. Snow will taper
 off from west to east this evening and overnight.

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Travel impacts for tonight's weather system.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...This potent weather system will bring an
 Arctic blast of air with a myriad of impacts. Strong and gusty
 winds will impact travel and also bring in cold air with single
 digit to lower teens wind chills. Plunging sub freezing
 temperatures will create flash freeze and black ice potential
 for any residual ground or roadway moisture. In addition, winds
 may produce significant visibility reductions where blowing
 snow is moderate to heavy.

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