Winter Weather Advisory for Thursday, 1-7-10

The Winter Storm Watch has been replaced with a Winter Weather Advisory for the metro area for Thursday and it has been expanded south to cover the entire region. See the statement below and the map above for details.

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NWS MEMPHIS TN / MEMPHISWEATHER.NET
545 AM CST WED JAN 6 2010

…FIRST WINTER EVENT OF THE SEASON EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY…

.AN UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE AND AN ASSOCIATED STRONG… ARCTIC COLD FRONT WILL SWING SOUTH INTO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER VALLEY TONIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING. THIS WILL SPREAD SNOW ACROSS THE ENTIRE MIDSOUTH… WITH A SNOW AND SLEET MIX SOUTH OF A WEST HELENA ARKANSAS TO TUPELO MISSISSIPPI LINE. GUSTY WINDS BEHIND THE COLD FRONT MAY ALSO LEAD TO SOME BLOWING SNOW ON THURSDAY.

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON CST THURSDAY NORTHEAST AR… MISSOURI BOOTHEEL…EXTREME WESTERN TN… AND NORTHWESTERN MS…

…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO 3 PM CST THURSDAY FOR MOST OF WEST TN AND NORTHERN MS…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING NORTH OF A LINE FROM WEST HELENA AR TO TUPELO MS. SOUTH OF THIS LINE… SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT AND THURSDAY MORNING. SOME FREEZING RAIN MAY ALSO MIX IN AT TIMES… BUT NO ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE ANTICIPATED.

* NORTHWEST WINDS BETWEEN 15 AND 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH ARE POSSIBLE THURSDAY BEHIND THE STRONG COLD FRONT.

* THE COMBINATION OF FRESHLY FALLEN SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS MAY LEAD TO SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW THURSDAY.

* THIS IS THE FIRST ACCUMULATING SNOW OF THE SEASON AND IS EXPECTED TO HIT THE MIDSOUTH DURING RUSH HOUR THURSDAY MORNING. EXPECT HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS LATE TONIGHT AND THURSDAY.

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