Snowstorm poised to hinder travel from Missouri through Ohio, Kentucky this weekend

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
January 10, 2019, 12:12:45 PM EST

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The stage is being set for accumulating snow and travel problems from Missouri to portions of Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio this weekend.

The storm is likely to break the snowless stretch the region has experienced since early December.

"We expect snow to break out over southern and central Missouri late Friday and spread eastward across the Ohio Valley states during Friday night and Saturday," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

As the storm progresses, rain is likely to change to snow over northern Arkansas and perhaps fill in farther west across parts of eastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma.

Motorists should anticipate delays and slippery conditions along the Interstate 64 and 70 corridors, where anywhere from a coating to 6 inches or more of snow may fall.

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The heaviest amount of snow may be centered from central Missouri to southern and central Illinois and southwestern Indiana. Snowfall may average 6 inches or more in much of this swath.

It is possible that sleet may be the primary form of precipitation in part of northern Arkansas and may cut down on total storm accumulation.

At least a few inches of snow is likely to extend eastward across southern Ohio and into West Virginia.

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Airline delays related to deicing and/or plowing operations can be expected in St. Louis, Cincinnati and Indianapolis. This storm is likely to be the biggest of the winter season so far in these locations and others. Flight cancellations are possible.

Chicago; Detroit; Cleveland; Omaha, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; and Topeka and Wichita, Kansas, may be on the edge of the storm with a bit of snow that can bring a small accumulation.

There may be enough snow to brush off or shovel and plow around Kansas City, Missouri, prior to the start of the NFL playoff game between the Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts. The snow is likely to be moving out of the area prior to the start of or during the game.

Slippery conditions may develop along portions of the I-80/90 corridor from Illinois to Ohio this weekend, following the cold winds and areas of lake-effect snow into Thursday.

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Over parts of Kentucky and eastern Tennessee, fluctuating temperatures during the storm will allow periods of snow, ice and rain.

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However, Nashville, Tennessee, will likely receive all rain from the storm. The best chance of some snow and ice will be for a brief period at the onset of the storm Friday night.

The storm is forecast to end from west to east later in the weekend. Precipitation is likely to end over much of Missouri and Arkansas Saturday night, then over much of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys on Sunday.

In the wake of the storm from the middle Mississippi Valley to the Ohio Valley, wet areas may become icy unless treated with salt or similar compounds.

For interests and travelers heading to the east, the storm is projected to bring a substantial amount of wintry precipitation and slippery conditions from portions of North Carolina to Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware on Sunday.

How heavy snow is over Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York state and southern New England will depend on the track of the storm as it reorganizes along the Atlantic coast.

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