Statement as of 4:52 AM CDT on March 16, 2014
... Light wintry precipitation possible late this afternoon and
early this evening...
... Very strong northeast winds expected today and this evening...
A late season winter storm will bring widespread precipitation to
the region today. As temperatures drop into the 30s... rain may
change over to sleet or snow before ending late this afternoon and
early this evening. At this time... most of the sleet and snow is
expected to melt on contact with the warm ground. However... some
isolated areas may see a very minor accumulation... mainly in the
With the surface low pressure center passing just south of the
area... very strong northeast winds are expected throughout the
four state region through the day and into the evening. Occasional
gusts 30 to 40 mph will make travel difficult... regardless of any
In addition... the strong northeast winds will eventually bring
temperatures well into the 20s southward through the entire area
tonight. Any lingering moisture on area roadways is likely to
freeze... creating black ice. Hopefully... the strong winds will
blow dry the roads before they can freeze up.
The strong winds will also create wind chills in the lower and
middle 20s by late afternoon. Readings will drop well into the
Please stay tuned for updates from the National Weather Service in