Heavy Snowfall Expected with Christmas Blizzard (8 AM UPDATE)

Dec 25, 2012

NOTE: Information on the blizzard is changing as the storm system approaches. Visit the National Weather Service for updated information.

Snow will continue to fall this morning with some areas in Illinois receiving up to a foot. Kentucky and Tennessee has received between 2 and 7 inches of snow.

Light now is expected to continue into the afternoon.

Strong winds are accompanying the snow storm, with wind speeds at around 25 mph, gusting up to 40 mph.

The National Weather Service strongly urges people to not travel. If you must be out on the road, take a winter survival kit with you. And if you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

Most people heeded the National Weather Service’s warning and stayed off the roads allowing Kentucky Department of Transportation workers to more easily clear them. But highway crews have been hampered by high winds and heavy snowfall.

Driving conditions are expected to worsen at the end of the storm because of dropping temperatures. Commuters should be cautious and are encouraged to slow down this morning. Winds are gusting out of the northwest between 30 and 40 miles per hour, blowing snow and sleet across roadways and shortening visibility.

NWS forecasters say a "wet snow" will accumulate. The wet snow is heavier, and they caution people to be careful when shoveling. The weight of the snow could hurt those back problems, and shoveling could lead to heart attacks for some. Forecaster Christine Wielgos cites incidents during a similar snow storm in 2004.

The Dorena-Hickman Ferry is closed today because of ice and high winds. The Land Between the Lakes facilities and offices today will not open until 10 a.m.

Observers report seven inches of snowfall in Bardwell and two and a half inches in Murray.