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Environment
12:57 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

National Weather Service: Snow Likely Tonight

The National Weather Service says a disturbance in the upper levels of the atmosphere will move across the Mississippi Valley tonight, bringing a spread of snow across the Ohio River Valley. We will likely receive roughly 1 to 2 inches of snow this evening, which may make roads hazardous. Rick Shanklin of NWS in Paducah gives us an outlook on weekend weather.

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Winter Weather
12:40 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Single Digit Temps Are Here, Bundle Up

NWS Snowfall predictions updated on Saturday morning.
Credit National Weather Service

UPDATED MONDAY JAN. 6:

There was little of the predicted snowfall throughout the region last night. But that didn’t stop the cold. The National Weather Service reports a wind chill advisory for much of western Kentucky and southern Illinois. The advisory will stay in affect until 9 a.m. Tuesday.

A wind chill advisory means that very cold air and strong winds will combine to generate wind chills of 10 below zero to 25 below zero. This will result in frostbite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.

The NHS warns if you must venture outdoors wear a hat and gloves.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet the lack of snow does not mean the roads are unaffected. With rain dampened road surfaces crews are concerned about dropping temperatures causing moisture to flash freeze in 30 minutes or less. Drivers are urged to use caution. 

National Weather Service Forecasters are revising their forecast for this weekend's winter storm and extreme cold.

Rain will change to snow from northwest to southeast across the area from late tonight through early Sunday afternoon. Periods of heavy snowfall are expected with accumulations ranging from 5 to 10 inches over southeast Missouri, southern Illinois and southwest Indiana.

Two to five inches can be expected over west Kentucky. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for much of the area, and a Winter Storm Watch remains in effect for southeast portions of west Kentucky.

Brutally cold air will surge southeast through the region on the strength of gusty northwest winds Sunday afternoon through Monday. Temperatures will be below zero over much of the area from Sunday night through early Tuesday, and wind chills will generally range from 10 below to 30 below zero during this period.

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Weather
2:59 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

NWS Calls For Heavy Rainfall Over Weekend, Flash Flood Watch In Effect Friday

The National Weather Service is predicting widespread heavy rainfall this weekend with a possibility of severe thunderstorms.

A flash flood watch takes effect tonight at 6PM and lasts through 6AM on Sunday for most of our listening area.  

The NWS is predicting heavy rainfall Friday evening after 10PM with wind gusts upwards of 20 miles per hour.

The heaviest rainfall is predicted for Saturday with 2 to 4 inches expected along with a chance of severe thunderstorms in the late afternoon and evening with wind gusts near 30 miles-per-hour.

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Weather
10:02 pm
Sun November 17, 2013

Three Dead and Many Injured Following Sunday Storms

Citizens sift through the debris on Monday.
John Paul Henry

Hear John Paul Henry's report.

  

UPDATE: The Illinois State Police held a press conference at 10:30 this morning. The National Weather Service's Rick Shanklin addressed the press saying three crews are surveying damage in southern Illinois to get an estimate on the strength of some of the tornadoes that struck the community. 

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Weather
3:06 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Severe Weather, Tornado Watch Until 7 PM Tonight (Sunday)

Scene from Brookport, courtesy Toby Glass

Nearly all of our region is now under a MODERATE to HIGH Risk today.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 7 tonight  for all Kentucky counties west of Daviess, McLean, and Muhlenberg.  The watch area also includes Alexander, Massac, Pope, Johnson, and Pulaski counties in southernmost Illinois as well as Henry, Obion, Dyer, Lake, and Weakley counties in northwest Tennessee.

The watch is the result of a strong storm system rapidly moving east through our region out of the plains states.  This system will also bring high winds gusting up to 40 miles an hour and a chance of large hail.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in the area.  Be ready to move to a safe place if threatening weather approaches.  Again we have a tornado watch in effect for our region until 7 tonight.  We'll keep you updated as the situation develops.

 See details on the National Weather Service Paducah site.

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Weather
11:10 am
Fri November 15, 2013

NWS Calls For Severe Storms Over Weekend

National Weather Service forecasters in Paducah say strong storms are likely ahead of a significant cold front that will move through the region Saturday night and Sunday.  

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Environment
12:53 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Possible Downburst Hits Calloway County Community

A powerful storm moved through parts of northern Calloway County early Thursday afternoon, generating a possible downburst near Kirksey that damaged more than 20 structures, leveled about 50 trees, and brought down several power lines.

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Weather
7:18 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Moderate Flooding Expected Near Cairo, IL

Moderate flooding is expected near Cairo, IL as the Mississippi and Illinois rivers crests this week, but the National Weather Service said the risk of spring flooding will continue for the next several weeks.

The moderate flooding prediction comes two years after historic flooding throughout many of far western Kentucky's river counties.

NWS Meteorologist Rachel Trevino in Paducah said rainfall and snow north of western Kentucky and southern Illinois along with future storm cells could all contribute to the rising river levels.

“The flooding going on up north of us due to rainfall and the snow packs and stuff probably will kind of affect us down in this area probably in the next two or three weeks," she said. " It will take that long for that water to get down here.”

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Environment
6:31 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Flood Warnings for Kentucky, Tennessee Near Mississippi River

The National Weather Service is issuing flood warnings in Kentucky and Tennessee as the Mississippi River starts to slowly rise from northern floodwaters, but officials say the rising water should not have a significant impact.

NWS Meteorologist Marlene Mickelson in Memphis says the lower part of the Mississippi River will see elevated levels through the next two weeks.

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Weather
7:17 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Moderate Risk of Thunderstorms, Hail, Tornadoes Today

National Weather Service forecasters say a line of storms moving in out of the west this afternoon will bring a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes lasting into the evening.

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