Winter Storm Potential (as of 1/24/23)

A major winter storm will be moving into our area late tonight and will last into Wednesday morning. We’re on the very southeastern edge of this storm, so all of the warnings and advisories end directly over the middle of the KBSI viewing area.

Those in the Winter Storm Warning have the best chance for accumulating snow. Those in the Winter Weather Advisory have the best chance for minor accumulations with some rain mixing in. Then those south and east of the winter headlines will see mostly rain with a little snow every now and then. The cutoff of snow vs no snow will be sharp!


Winter Weather Advisories (purple) and Winter Storm Warnings (pink) are in place from 6:00pm this evening through noon Wednesday.


Rain and snow starts to move into our area around 6:00pm this evening. Minor accumulations will begin at this time.


Heavy snow will be around for many in SE Missouri and southern Illinois through 10pm. Rain and snow will be more likely in the western Kentucky and NW Tennessee area.


This continues through early Wednesday morning. Also around this time, the wind will pick up out of the northeast at 30 to 45 mph. Travel will become very difficult around this time.


By 6:00am Wednesday, the snow and rain starts to pull northeast, signaling the end of the storm. Gusty winds will be out of the west at 20 to 35 mph and will continue through much of Wednesday.

Latest 4km Graf Precipitation Accum

Moisture potential is abundant. Most of western Kentucky and NW Tennessee will see all of the above as rain, but SE Missouri and southern Illinois will see some to all of this as snow (see below).

Hrrr Latest Snow Accum W Plots

The heaviest snowfall is expected from Mt. Vernon to Carbondale to Fredericktown north. These areas may see 3-8″ of snow. Further south, the snow potential tapers off quickly. A few inches will be possible from Harrisburg to Cape Girardeau. Less than an inch expected from Paducah south.

We’ll have more updates as the storm gets closer!

Storm Alert Team Chief Meteorologist
Rusty Dawkins

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