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Winter Storm Approaches

Posted: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 at 5:44 pm
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Dr. Bob Leonard

Marion County Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Anderson shares what the National Weather Service predicts for the upcoming winter storm.

A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for Marion County from 9 pm tonight through 12 noon tomorrow. 4-7” of snow predicted for Marion County and adjacent counties, with some locally higher amounts possible. N/NW winds after midnight tonight of 20-30 MPH/ gusts of 35 MPH. Heaviest snow expected between midnight tonight and 9 am tomorrow. The snow in the early part of the event will be a wet/heavy snow. As the atmospheric air dries later in the event, the snow will transition to a lighter/fluffier type. Impact on the roadways…early melting of the snow may contribute to the refreezing of that snowmelt on the roadways prior to the heavy snow beginning that would result in a layer of ice underneath the snow. Wind chills Wednesday night at/or below 0· Poor driving conditions are expected for the Wednesday morning commute.

Anderson suggests that residents plan accordingly, and evaluate the risks versus the benefits of traveling during this event.