NEWS ALERT- Week of winter wonderlands and worries

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Star Staff Reports

Last Thursday turned out to be a preview for what was to come this week.Monday marked a major winter storm affecting the Mid-South through the evening. And weather experts said more it to come Wednesday heading into Thursday of this week. On Feb. 11, a thin sheet of ice covered the Memphis area. Then Valentine’s weekend brought bitter cold temperatures and snowy conditions. As the sun rose today, an upper level trough moved through the Mid-South and will last into this evening. Very cold temperatures combined with winter precipitation is expected to fall across the entire Mid-South. Wintry precipitation will intensify today and become heavier at times. Once snow begins to accumulate, blowing of snowwill be possible across the area due to the gusty northerly winds reducing visibilities further. Bitterly cold wind chills will
continue into tonight.
WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL MIDNIGHT CENTRAL STANDARD TIME TONIGHT
* WHAT…Heavy snow and sleet. Total snow and sleet accumulations of 5 to 8 inches. Gusty northerly winds will cause blowing snow which will reduce visibilities further.

* WHERE…Portions of North Mississippi, West Tennessee, East Arkansas and the Missouri Bootheel.

* WHEN…Until midnight CST Monday night.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult to impossible and is strongly discouraged. The cold wind chills as low as five
below zero could result in hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Prolonged exposure could cause damage to exposed skin
in 30 minutes or less. The cold air will also impact young livestock and pets.