We are tracking breaking weather as the Tri-States is set to get hit by a significant winter storm later today through Saturday night.
**UPDATED TIMINGS** The snow is arriving a bit earlier than expected.
Snow expected to begin in southwest Tri-States (Monroe, Shelby, Ralls counties) around 1-2 p.m. 1-2 inches of snow is possible in these areas by 3 p.m.
The snow will be starting in the Hannibal/Quincy area by late afternoon / early evening (4 p.m. – 6 p.m.).
By 7 p.m., the entire area should be seeing snowfall.
This could cause for a hazardous evening commute as roads may become slippery very quickly when the snow begins.
Snow will be underway in full force overnight tonight into early Saturday morning. The snow may be moderate to heavy at times overnight. Travel is not recommended during the storm, and especially during the overnight hours.
Snow will continue through much of Saturday but may be off and on in its intensity. Periods of light snow will accompany bouts of heavier snow for additional accumulation.
The snow will taper off late Saturday into early Sunday as a few snow flurries or snow showers. Flurries will continue to be possible early Sunday.
Travel will be very hazardous, if not impossible, when the snow begins to accumulate.
AMOUNTS: Forecast models have come into a general consensus and have been holding to that the last several model cycles, so here is an estimate on snow totals in the Tri-States for the entire storm:
North areas will see 4-8 inches of snowfall. Some cities impacted: Fort Madison, Keokuk, Macomb
Central areas will see 8-12 inches of snowfall. Some cities impacted: Quincy, Hannibal, Monroe City, Mt. Sterling
South areas will see 8-12 inches of snowfall. Some cities impacted: Paris, New London, Pittsfield.
BEYOND: Temperatures are expected in the low to mid 30s for highs and low to mid 20s for lows under cloudy skies. Next week, things look mainly quiet for now with temps in the mid 30s to low 40s and a few slim chances of precip.
Stay tuned to the WGEM StormTrak Weather Team for updates before, during and after this storm. Tune into WGEM News at Noon for the latest radar, storm track and updated snow totals.
Here’s an overview of all of the advisories and warnings in effect:
Winter Weather Advisory for Lee County 6 PM Friday to 6 PM Saturday
Winter Storm Warning for Hancock, Scotland, Clark, and McDonough counties 6 PM Friday to 6 PM Saturday
Winter Storm Warning for Scott and Schuyler counties from 6 PM Friday to 6 AM Sunday.
Winter Storm Warning for Pike County IL from 3 PM Friday to Midnight on Saturday night.
Winter Storm Warning for Ralls and Monroe counties from Noon Friday to 12 Midnight Saturday night.
Winter Storm Warning for Adams and Brown 3 PM Friday until 12 Midnight Saturday night.
Winter Storm Warning for Shelby, Lewis, Knox, and Marion counties from Noon Friday to 12 Midnight Saturday night.