Winter Storm Watch for Memphis – Thursday, March 12, 2009

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NWS-MEMPHIS TN / MEMPHISWEATHER.NET
640 AM CDT WED MAR 11 2009

…WINTER WEATHER TO RETURN TO MUCH OF THE MIDSOUTH…

A COLD FRONT WILL CONTINUE PUSHING SOUTH TODAY. THE FRONT WILL EVENTUALLY STALL ALONG THE GULF COAST AS AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE DEVELOPS ALONG THE FRONT TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY. THIS WILL SPREAD MOISTURE NORTHWARD INTO THE MIDSOUTH. COLD ARCTIC AIR WILL FILTER INTO THE MIDSOUTH TODAY BEHIND THE FRONT. THE COMBINATION OF THE COLD AIR AND MOISTURE FROM THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM ALONG THE GULF COAST WILL PRODUCE WINTER PRECIPITATION OVER MUCH OF THE MIDSOUTH BEGINNING LATE TONIGHT CONTINUING INTO THURSDAY.

…WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 7 PM CDT THURSDAY FOR MEMPHIS METRO EXCEPT DESOTO COUNTY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING.

RAIN WILL BEGIN LATE THIS EVENING ACROSS EAST-CENTRAL ARKANSAS AND SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE. RAIN WILL CHANGE OVER TO FREEZING RAIN OR SLEET SHORTLY BEFORE SUNRISE. FREEZING RAIN OR SLEET WILL CONTINUE TO OCCUR THROUGH THE MORNING INTO THE AFTERNOON. A CHANGEOVER TO SNOW COULD OCCUR IN AREAS NORTH OF INTERSTATE 40. ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL LIKELY BE AROUND A QUARTER OF AN INCH. ONE TO TWO INCHES OF SLEET OR SNOW ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED.

A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT SNOW…SLEET…OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

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…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 7 PM CDT THURSDAY FOR DESOTO COUNTY

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR FREEZING RAIN…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 7 PM CDT THURSDAY.

RAIN WILL BEGIN TO SPREAD NORTHWARD INTO PORTIONS OF EAST ARKANSAS AND EXTREME NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI LATE THIS EVENING. RAIN WILL CHANGE OVER TO FREEZING RAIN DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS AS TEMPERATURES DROP TO 32 DEGREES. THE FREEZING RAIN WILL CONTINUE DURING THE DAY ON THURSDAY AS TEMPERATURES HOVER AROUND THE FREEZING MARK. ICE ACCUMULATIONS AROUND A TENTH OF AN INCH CAN BE EXPECTED IN THE ADVISORY AREA.

CLICK A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW…SLEET…OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BEPREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.

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