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Winter Weather Headed to West Tennessee

By Laura Bannon
By lbannon@wbbjtv.com
By Tom Meiners
By tmeiners@wbbjtv.com

A winter storm is expected to impact West Tennessee tonight through Wednesday morning. Expect heavy snow combined with strong wind gusts will likely lead to blizzard conditions across northeast Arkansas, the Missouri Bootheel, and northwest Tennessee.

BLIZZARD WARNING is in effect through 9am Wednesday morning for Lauderdale, Obion, Lake, and Dyer counties. Sustained winds will be around 25 to 30 mph with gusts up to 35 to 45 mph. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions making travel extremely dangerous! The latest model runs showed between 4"-7" of snow could fall in these counties with locally higher amounts.

By late Tuesday, the rain will turn into a wintry mix. As the colder air begins to filter in. So as the colder air moves in, snow will begin to fall. The national weather service has issued a winter weather advisory for these areas where impacted the most.

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY from 9pm Tuesday until 9am Wednesday for Weakley, Henry, Gibson, Carroll, Tipton, Haywood, Crockett, Shelby, and Fayette counties. Travel will become hazardous especially on the "back roads" beginning late this evening through tomorrow morning. Gusty winds up to 40 mph will also reduce visibilities at times down to less than a half of a mile.

WIND ADVISORY until 9AM Wednesday for Weakley, Henry, Gibson, Carroll, Tipton, Haywood, Crockett, Madison, Chester, Henderson, Decatur, Shelby, Fayette, Hardeman, McNairy, and Hardin counties. NNE winds will be sustained from 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Be aware that loose holiday items and outdoor materials may become vulnerable to being blown around.