MEMPHIS, TN--Heavy rain continues to spread northward through the Mid-South. Temperatures remain in the upper 30's and may even climb a few degrees initially tonight as an area of low pressure moves nearly overhead. Winds will quickly drive out of the northwest and temperatures will drop to near freezing very quickly. Extreme northwestern areas in the Mid-South will see a changeover from rain to a rain/snow mix by 9 p.m. By midnight, precipitation will fall in the form of snow west of the MS river and north of I-40. As the night progresses, bursts of heavy snow will be possible in the areas under a Blizzard Warning. Most areas west of the Mississippi River, with the exception of a few counties in west TN are under a Blizzard Warning from 9 p.m. tonight through 9 a.m. tomorrow morning. Three to six inches with locally higher amounts are possible. Blowing snow conditions are also possible with winds gusting to 40 miles per hour overnight.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Mississippi Delta and areas along and north of I-40, including Shelby County. One to three inches of snow is likely in this area. The lightest snow amounts will be in north and northeast Mississippi where the changeover will occur last. Keep in mind, any variation in the track of this storm will make a huge impact on snowfall amounts. If the tracks shifts slightly southward, the Memphis metro could be in line for more snow and visa versa.
Hazardous road conditions are imminent late tonight and early tomorrow morning. Please do not travel if you can avoid it. This is the first winter storm of the season and many people need to be reminded on winter weather safety and the dangers of driving in wintry weather.
Please stay tuned to the ABC 24 Weather Center for the latest updates on the winter storm in your area.