AccuWeather: Snow System To Impact St. Louis, Areas East

If you're travelling east today, expect delays in many places

November 15, 2018 - 5:02 am

A storm will spread locally heavy snow, produce ice and cause travel problems from Arkansas and Mississippi to Michigan and Ohio into Thursday night.

The storm is tapping into unusually cold air for the middle of November over the Central states. Temperatures dipped to the freezing mark as far south as central Texas and the Interstate 20 corridor of the lower Mississippi Valley.

The storm has already produced some snow in Tennessee, northwestern Mississippi and in a large part of Arkansas as of Wednesday morning.

Two people died and 44 more injured on Wednesday afternoon after a tour bus overturned in DeSoto County, Mississippi, amid slick road conditions, according to the Associated Press.

However, the heaviest snow and ice from the storm west of the Appalachians will target areas from eastern Missouri to southern Illinois and western Kentucky during Wednesday night and Thursday.

This area can expect a general 1-4 inches of snow with amounts locally between 6 and 10 inches.

Major cities that are likely to receive enough snow to shovel and plow include St. Louis and Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Cairo and Mt. Vernon, Illinois; Paducah, Kentucky; and Evansville, Indiana.

Accumulating snow is forecast to remain south of Chicago but may reach Detroit.

Some snow or a wintry mix is likely to coat grassy areas, cars and even road surfaces around Memphis, Tennessee; Little Rock, Arkansas; Cincinnati; and Springfield, Missouri; for a time.

Ice accrued on powerlines, trees and other elevated surfaces on Wednesday night, resulting in widespread power outages and property damage. 

For a more precise forecast on the amount of snow and ice for your location as well as the start time of the storm, download the free AccuWeather app.

"Students should still do their homework assignments, but there are likely to be many early dismissals and closures on Thursday and some schools may be delayed or closed on Friday," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek.

There may be enough snow to shovel around Indianapolis as well as Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio.

Even so, motorists and pedestrians should use caution as roads and sidewalks that appear wet may have a sheen of ice on them, known as black ice.

In many areas from Kentucky to Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia and southern Michigan that experience a change to ice and rain, a change back to snow at the end of the storm could bring a quick accumulation from late Thursday to early Friday.

In the wake of the storm, the air will not be tremendously cold but will still run 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit below average for the middle of November this weekend. Typical highs range from the middle 40s across the northern tier to the lower 70s along the Gulf coast.

No widespread areas of heavy snow are forecast through Wednesday which will be a plus for Thanksgiving travel.