Statement as of 4:45 AM CDT on March 15, 2014
... Mix of wintry precipitation possible Sunday and Sunday night...
Low pressure over the Southern Plains will move just south of the
quad state region on Sunday. As the low approaches... it will
spread rain into the area tonight. At the same time... a cold
front is forecast to pass through the region tonight. Behind the
front... much colder air will be drawn southward on Sunday...
resulting in the potential for a mix of wintry precipitation.
While the potential for a mix with snow on the back side of the
departing system has been anticipated for some time... latest
models now suggest the surge of cold air on Sunday will be much
faster than earlier indicated. This means that more of the
precipitation will have a chance to fall as snow... sleet... and
perhaps a little freezing rain before it comes to an end Sunday
At the present time... indications are that the greatest accumulation
of snow and sleet will occur across northern and central portions
of the quad state region. This would have the greatest impact on
travel in such communities as Cape Girardeau Missouri... Carbondale
and Marion Illinois... Evansville Indiana... and Henderson and
Owensboro Kentucky. In this zone... at least 1 to 2 inches of snow
and sleet may accumulate Sunday afternoon and evening. Even in
areas that receive mainly rain... sub-freezing temperatures Sunday
night may result in the development of icing... especially on
elevated and untreated surfaces.
As this storm approaches... modifications to precipitation type...
amounts... and the location of greatest accumulation are all
possible. It would be wise to keep in tune to the latest forecasts
on this developing winter weather event.