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Significant Impacts Continue. More Blowing Snow Saturday!

Major travel impacts and hazardous conditions continue through the remainder of the evening and through the overnight hours. Some areas may see a brief lull in the snow/wind tonight as the "eye" of the storm passes over the state. Conditions will reintensify shortly after dawn leading to continued travel impacts! Continue to avoid travel if possible!


Northbound US-131 was a slushy/icy "two-track" road earlier this evening.


Storm Prediction Center has just issued a Mesoscale Discussion detailing the continued potential for heavy snow with high snowfall rates perhaps reaching 2 inches per hour through the remainder of the evening! Very high impacts to travel and visibility are a big concern with this!

Winter Storm Warnings have been extended through 7:00pm tomorrow in anticipation of the continued very dangerous travel, significant blowing and drifting snow and resulting near blizzard-like conditions, risk for power outages, and additional snow accumulation from heavy lake-effect snow showers. Travel is again not recommended on Saturday if it can be avoided!





We'll attempt to provide additional live updates from the field tomorrow morning near our headquarters but we have called off our "Snow Chase" for the evening because of the very dangerous travel and the increasing number of slide-offs we were seeing.


Please send us your storm reports by visiting our Storm Reports page here! We forward all reports to the National Weather Service office that is most appropriate based on your location!


 

Previous Discussion (Issued at 8:01am EST 01/12/2024):


Bottom line: Very Dangerous Travel Conditions Today!


Winter Storm Warning goes into effect at 10:00am EST for our entire coverage area.


Simply put, this is going to be a very impactful system with widespread difficult travel, impressive snow accumulations, and power outages possible. Travel should be avoided if at all possible.


Computer weather models remain largely unchanged and we're seeing the continued likelihood of all the things mentioned in the Winter Storm Warning, including the potential for blizzard-like conditions. With that in mind, make sure you have a way to receive weather alerts today.


Doppler radar shows this system moving into our region this morning. Snow will remain hampered a bit this morning by the dry air mass. By about 10:00 or 11:00am this will quickly change as widespread heavy snow moves into the area. Travel conditions will quickly deteriorate after that as strong gusty winds, and intense heavy/wet snow with snowfall rates possibly approaching 2 inches per hour at times, quickly add impressive snow accumulations to road surfaces. By this evening the winds really ramp up and we will likely see power outages become scattered to perhaps widespread as those winds combined with sticky-natured snow bring down tree limbs and power lines.


Our School Closing Outlook that was issued yesterday afternoon was verified very well with 90% of schools being closed for today and a couple with scheduled early releases.


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