Cherokee County EMA Director Shawn Rogers has informed WEIS Radio, that following the Briefing with the National Weather Service, taking place at 4:00 this (Tuesday) morning – it appears the predicted weather event remains on track with just two exceptions: the system will likely produce a bit more snow that expected and has sped up slightly. Rogers says this system has already caused travel issues across much of the Ohio Valley and back into Texas – adding that Memphis has major travel issues.
He says he expects Cherokee County, along with pretty much the entire state to experience MAJOR travel issues as well, stressing that once the storm starts, everyone should stay off the roads if at all possible. Rogers says whatever initially falls will melt, due to a 47 degree day on Monday, with the asphalt retaining that heat. It will then rapidly refreeze due to the below freezing temperatures.
Then, due to bitterly cold temperatures Tuesday night – whatever is on the ground will stay until late Wednesday afternoon and possibly even into Thursday.
The northern half of the county can expect precipitation to start falling between 10:00am – 12:00 noon, while the southern portion can expect it between noon and 2:00pm, with snowfall lasting until 8:00 or 9:00pm.