Pike Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Special Statement
Statement as of 3:36 PM CST on January 30, 2015

...Winter weather expected across the region this weekend...

A storm system will bring accumulating snow to parts of our region Saturday night and Sunday. Rain is expected to develop on Saturday...and then become mixed with and change to snow along and north of Interstate 70 on Saturday night. By Sunday...snow is expected along and north of the Interstate 70 corridor...with the rain gradually becoming mixed with and changing over to snow over southeast Missouri and southwest Illinois.

Early indications are that the brunt of the storm will impact the region from southern Iowa across northern Illinois where snowfall amounts of 8 or more inches are possible. The snowfall amounts will decrease as you move further south and it appears that 6 inches of snow will be possible over northeast Missouri and west central Illinois where there is now a Winter Storm Watch in effect for Saturday night and Sunday. The snowfall will continue to decrease as you head south...with 1-2 inches along the Interstate 70 corridor...and little or no snowfall accumulation across southeast Missouri.

There remains higher than normal uncertainty on the temperature profile of the atmosphere and track of the storm center...thus changes in the currently forecast snowfall amounts are quite possible.

Those planning travel across the region Saturday night and Sunday may encounter hazardous driving conditions...so plan your trip accordingly. Please be certain to monitor the latest forecast information...watches...warnings or advisories.

Public Information Statement
Statement as of 2:25 PM CST on January 30, 2015

...Safety rules for winter storms...

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service. The following safety tips are being provided in the hope that the broadcast media will frequently air these messages while the watch affects their area.

For a report of Highway conditions across Missouri, call the Missouri Highway patrol at 1-800-222-6400. For Illinois conditions call 1-800-452-4368.

A Winter Storm Watch means that conditions are favorable for the development of severe winter weather in the designated area. During the watch there is no cause for immediate concern. You should, however, plan ahead in case the storm does develop. Keep informed about the developments of the storm by listening to NOAA Weather Radio, the voice of the National Weather Service, or to commercial radio or television.

A Winter Storm Warning means a winter storm is expected very soon or is actually occurring. People in the affected area should take the necessary precautions.

Winter weather advisories, as well as freezing rain advisories, are issued for lesser events that are not considered life threatening but will cause an inconvenience. Unnecessary travel or activity should still be avoided.

If you must travel during the winter, make sure your car is winterized before winter weather strikes. Be certain your tires, battery, lights, exhaust, heater, defroster, and windshield wipers are in good working order. Also make sure that you begin any trip with a full tank of gas.

A severe winter storm can close roads and knock out electrical power. If you live in a rural area, you should be certain your food and medical supplies are adequate before the storm begins. Check your supply of heating fuel, since fuel carriers may not be able to reach your house due to ice or snow covered roads.

Be very careful when using alternative heating sources, such as fireplaces, stoves, or space heaters. Proper ventilation is essential to avoid a deadly build-up of Carbon monoxide. Fire is also a major risk when using such heating sources, and keep in mind that the Fire Department may not be able to reach your location during a winter storm.

If you must venture outdoors, dress for the conditions. Wear several layers of light-weight warm clothing. Outer garments should be Waterproof and hooded. For the hands, mittens snug at the wrist offer better protection than fingered gloves.

The cold will feel intense when the wind is blowing. Strong winds cause a pronounced increase in the chilling effect of low temperatures. In a 20 mile per hour wind, a temperature of 20 degrees becomes the equivalent of 4 degrees above zero. Increase that wind to 35 miles per hour, and the effect drops to zero.