(Photo by Tim Jaynes, Staff)
SIKESTON -- Significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice mixed with gusty winds are expected to blow through the region today and into Saturday morning, creating hazardous -- and maybe impossible -- driving conditions.
A winter storm warning remains in effect until 6 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Ky. Snow spread across the region this morning with one to two inches accumulated by sunrise over portions of Southeast Missouri and Southwest Illinois. Snow with widespread accumulations of 3 to 7 inches is expected to continue to fall off and on throughout the region and surrounding states.
Some heavier bands are very likely to develop and lead to locally heavier amounts, especially early this evening over portions of Western Kentucky and Southwest Indiana, the NWS said. Winds are expected to be strong and gusty late tonight, which may create problems of blowing and drifting snow.
With temperatures hovering near the freezing mark today, travel is hazardous, especially on less traveled roads. By early today, accidents were already occurring in the area.
According to Scott County Sheriff's Department personnel, one person person was injured about 6 a.m. in a wreck on Highway Z near Vanduser. In Mississippi County, a truck overturned about 6:20 a.m. on Highway B between Dogwood and Bertrand and Dogwood. One person was injured and transported to Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston, the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department dispatch said.
The National Weather Service warns motorists that conditions may deteriorate during evening hours as temperatures cool with the setting of the sun. Some major roadways affected by the storm include Interstates 24, 55, 57 and 64 as well as the Western Kentucky and Purchase Parkways.
Snow with widespread accumulations of 3 to 7 inches is expected to continue to fall off and on throughout the region and surrounding states. Winds are expected to be strong and gusty late tonight, creating problems of blowing and drifting snow.