Updated Winter Storm Warning for the Mid-South

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URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
206 PM CST SUN JAN 9 2011

…MAJOR WINTER STORM TO LAST THROUGH TONIGHT…

.A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL TRACK ALONG THE GULF COAST TONIGHT. SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD NORTHEAST THROUGH THE EVENING. SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT AND WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES… BEFORE TAPERING OFF BEFORE SUNRISE.

AS THE SNOW ENDS EARLY MONDAY MORNING… AREAS OF FREEZING DRIZZLE ARE LIKELY TO PERSIST THROUGH MONDAY. ANY FREEZING DRIZZLE WOULD LIKELY PROLONG THE DIFFICULT TRAVEL CONDITIONS… ESPECIALLY ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES.

THE WINTER STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM CST MONDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 4 TO 8 INCHES… WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ABOVE 8 INCHES POSSIBLE.

* TIMING: SNOW WILL BEGIN EARLY THIS EVENING AND CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT. SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES WITH A FEW THUNDERSTORMS ALSO POSSIBLE. ANY THUNDERSTORMS WOULD SIGNIFICANTLY ENHANCE HOURLY SNOWFALL RATES.

* IMPACTS: ROAD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO DETERIORATE RAPIDLY BY MID-EVENING. THE DANGEROUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL LIKELY CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY AS SNOW TRANSITIONS TO FREEZING DRIZZLE MONDAY MORNING.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL… KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT… FOOD… AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

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