PADUCAH, KY – The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning and a wind chill advisory until 6 a.m. Tuesday for all of southern Illinois, southeast Missouri, western Kentucky and southwest Indiana. Meteorologists are predicting two storms will roll through the region.
The first storm is expected to drop between 6 to 10 inches of snow today and into tonight, with an additional 1 to 3 inches overnight into Tuesday morning. A second storm is expected to hit the region overnight Wednesday into Thursday and drop an additional 2 to 4 inches in its path.
Travel could be very difficult, with hazardous conditions impacting the morning and evening commutes on Monday. The cold wind chills could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
A Winter Storm Warning for snow means that heavy snowfall of 6 inches or more is expected. The rapid accumulation of snow will make travel extremely difficult, if not impossible. Officials advised if travel is necessary to exercise extreme caution and begin travel with a full tank of gas, and carry a winter storm kit which includes a shovel, flashlight, cellphone, food and water, and blankets of extra warm clothing.
A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate low wind chill values. This will result in frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Officials said if someone must venture outdoors to wear a hat and gloves, making sure all exposed skin is covered.
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