Current Watches and Warnings
Winter Storm Watch
Statement as of 2:23 PM CST on January 30, 2015
Expires 7:00 PM EST on February 01, 2015
... Winter Storm Watch in effect from Saturday evening through
The National Weather Service in St Louis has issued a Winter
Storm Watch... which is in effect from Saturday evening through
* Timing... rain will change to snow on Saturday evening with snow
continuing on Sunday.
* Accumulations... 5 to 7 inches of snow.
* Winds... southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest 15 to 20
mph on Sunday afternoon with gusts up to 25 mph.
* Impacts... the wintry precipitation will likely result in
hazardous travel conditions... especially on bridges...
overpasses... and untreated roads. Parking lots and sidewalks
will become slippery as well.
A Winter Storm Watch is advanced notice that severe winter
weather is possible in the watch area... it does not mean it is a
certainty. Those in the watch area should begin preparing in case
the storm does materialize. If you have travel planned... you may
want to adjust your travel time to avoid the storm. Also... you
should use this advanced notice to make certain your vehicle is
winterized. Make preparations at home by stocking emergency
supplies... such as food... medicine... and extra heating fuel...
just in case the storm makes travel impossible. This is
especially important for those living in rural areas.
Statement as of 3:36 PM CST on January 30, 2015
Expires 5:00 AM EST on January 31, 2015
... Winter weather expected across the region this weekend...
A storm system will bring accumulating snow to parts of our
region Saturday night and Sunday. Rain is expected to develop on
Saturday... and then become mixed with and change to snow along and
north of Interstate 70 on Saturday night. By Sunday... snow is
expected along and north of the Interstate 70 corridor... with the
rain gradually becoming mixed with and changing over to snow over
southeast Missouri and southwest Illinois.
Early indications are that the brunt of the storm will impact the
region from southern Iowa across northern Illinois where snowfall
amounts of 8 or more inches are possible. The snowfall amounts
will decrease as you move further south and it appears that 6
inches of snow will be possible over northeast Missouri and west
central Illinois where there is now a Winter Storm Watch in effect
for Saturday night and Sunday. The snowfall will continue to decrease
as you head south... with 1-2 inches along the Interstate 70
corridor... and little or no snowfall accumulation across
There remains higher than normal uncertainty on the temperature
profile of the atmosphere and track of the storm center... thus
changes in the currently forecast snowfall amounts are quite
Those planning travel across the region Saturday night and Sunday
may encounter hazardous driving conditions... so plan your trip
accordingly. Please be certain to monitor the latest forecast
information... watches... warnings or advisories.
Public Information Statement
Statement as of 2:25 PM CST on January 30, 2015
... Safety rules for winter storms...
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued by the National Weather
Service. The following safety tips are being provided in
the hope that the broadcast media will frequently air these
messages while the watch affects their area.
For a report of Highway conditions across Missouri, call the
Missouri Highway patrol at 1-800-222-6400. For Illinois
conditions call 1-800-452-4368.
A Winter Storm Watch means that conditions are favorable for
the development of severe winter weather in the designated
area. During the watch there is no cause for immediate
concern. You should, however, plan ahead in case the storm
does develop. Keep informed about the developments of the
storm by listening to NOAA Weather Radio, the voice of the
National Weather Service, or to commercial radio or
A Winter Storm Warning means a winter storm is expected very
soon or is actually occurring. People in the affected area
should take the necessary precautions.
Winter weather advisories, as well as freezing rain
advisories, are issued for lesser events that are not
considered life threatening but will cause an inconvenience.
Unnecessary travel or activity should still be avoided.
If you must travel during the winter, make sure your car is
winterized before winter weather strikes. Be certain your
tires, battery, lights, exhaust, heater, defroster, and
windshield wipers are in good working order. Also make sure
that you begin any trip with a full tank of gas.
A severe winter storm can close roads and knock out
electrical power. If you live in a rural area, you should be
certain your food and medical supplies are adequate before
the storm begins. Check your supply of heating fuel, since
fuel carriers may not be able to reach your house due to ice
or snow covered roads.
Be very careful when using alternative heating sources, such
as fireplaces, stoves, or space heaters. Proper
ventilation is essential to avoid a deadly build-up of Carbon
monoxide. Fire is also a major risk when using such heating
sources, and keep in mind that the Fire Department may not
be able to reach your location during a winter storm.
If you must venture outdoors, dress for the conditions.
Wear several layers of light-weight warm clothing. Outer
garments should be Waterproof and hooded. For the hands,
mittens snug at the wrist offer better protection than
The cold will feel intense when the wind is blowing. Strong
winds cause a pronounced increase in the chilling effect of
low temperatures. In a 20 mile per hour wind, a temperature
of 20 degrees becomes the equivalent of 4 degrees above zero.
Increase that wind to 35 miles per hour, and the effect drops
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