Blizzard Warning for Tri-State

(UPDATED 1:31PM CST)...BLIZZARD WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO NOON CST WEDNESDAY...

* SNOWFALL AMOUNTS: SNOWFALL WILL AVERAGE FROM 4 TO 8 INCHES  ACROSS SOUTHWEST INDIANA...MUCH OF WESTERN KENTUCKY...AND  EXTREME SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS.

* WINDS: WINDS TONIGHT WILL INCREASE TO AROUND 25 MPH...WITH  FREQUENT GUSTS FROM 35 TO 45 MPH. THESE STRONG WINDS WILL  PERSIST THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING. THE COMBINATION OF THESE GUSTY WINDS AND THE FALLING SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW WILL REDUCE  VISIBILITIES TO UNDER A QUARTER MILE AT TIMES.

* TIMING: RAIN WILL CHANGE TO SNOW FROM WEST TO EAST...MAINLY  AFTER MIDNIGHT. THE HEAVIEST SNOW AND STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR  THROUGH ABOUT 6 AM WEDNESDAY. WEATHER CONDITIONS WILL IMPROVE BETWEEN 6 AM AND NOON WEDNESDAY...BUT ROADWAYS WILL TAKE LONGER  TO IMPROVE.

* IMPACTS: BLIZZARD CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED. EXPECT TRAVEL TO  BECOME VERY DIFFICULT. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW COULD MAKE  ROADS DIFFICULT TO NAVIGATE THROUGH MUCH OF THE DAY WEDNESDAY. WHITEOUT CONDITIONS MAY CREATE A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION FOR  THOSE VENTURING OUTDOORS. BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW MAY  CONTINUE INTO WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON.

* OTHER IMPACTS: THE HEAVY WET SNOW AND STRONG WINDS MAY BRING DOWN SOME TREES AND POWER LINES. IN ADDITION...SHOVELLING  HEAVY WET SNOW HAS CAUSED HEART ATTACKS...BACK PROBLEMS...AND  OTHER ISSUES IN PAST WINTER STORMS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A BLIZZARD WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. FALLING AND BLOWING SNOW WITH STRONG WINDS AND POOR VISIBILITIES ARE LIKELY. THIS WILL LEAD TO WHITEOUT
CONDITIONS...MAKING TRAVEL EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. DO NOT TRAVEL. IFYOU MUST TRAVEL...HAVE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT WITH YOU. IF YOU GET STRANDED...STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.