HCS cancels school ahead of winter storm

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

FRIDAY, MIX CHANGES TO SNOW: This is the trickiest part of the forecast.

Overview: A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued from Friday morning until Saturday morning, for most of the ABC 36 viewing area. Once a change to sleet occurs, a tenth to three tenths of an inch of sleet can be expected in those same areas.

Officials say Fort Campbell along the Kentucky border will be open for limited operations.

Tuesday: Chance sleet in the morning and rain throughout the day, high near 40 and a low around 30. Highest accumulations of snow fall in Clarksville to Hopkinsville and Elkton. A smaller section of the state including Jonesboro and West Memphis could see up to 0.1 inches of ice, while Little Rock may get a minimal glaze, forecasters said. Snow will be around through mid-afternoon, at least on the east side.

Winter weather continues to move into parts of Arkansas beginning Thursday night and going into Friday morning. Not expecting much, maybe a dusting, but we'll have to keep an eye out for a heavier stripe of snow to develop on Sunday somewhere over the Ozarks. The temperature will soar to about 60 degrees, the weather service said. Temperatures will stay above freezing overnight so we are not anticipating any travel issues tonight.

Strong northwesterly winds gusting to 35 miles per hour will keep wind chills in the single digits and lower 10s today.

The winter storm prompted Kentucky House and Senate leaders to call off Friday's legislative session.

Paducah NWS meteorologist Rick Shanklin said returning Murray State students should wait as late as Sunday to travel back to the region. Accidents on the busy interstate led to long lines of parked vehicles as drivers waited for crews to clear the highway.

"Snow accumulations of 2" - 4" is possible for most valleys and up to a foot or more over Lookout Pass. But as the front passes through, a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow will be possible. Green indicates flood watches; those areas are also under winter weather advisories.

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