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NWS: Winter weather system could bring ice, snow

BY CORIANNE EGAN cegan@paducahsun.com

A storm heading into the area Sunday night could leave the region once again under ice and snow.

The National Weather Service in Paducah says that although today's forecast is reasonable - cloudy and an estimated 54 degrees - when the clock strikes midnight it could be a different story. Meteorologist Robin Smith said the forecast calls for rain and freezing rain to start late today. Temperatures drop Sunday and there is a 100 percent chance of freezing rain throughout the day.

Sunday night, when temperatures should dip into the 20s, there is a 100 percent chance of snow, sleet and freezing rain. The NWS has also predicted winds of 35 mph. Although the precipitation is expected to stop Monday afternoon, the winds will continue through the day and could continue into Tuesday.

The last ice and snow the region was hit with lasted for close to two weeks in some places, partly because of below-freezing temperatures. Smith said the NWS believes temperatures could climb to 41 degrees on Wednesday with sun in the forecast.

"But that is still 15 to 20 degrees lower than our normal average temperatures for this time of year," Smith added.

State road crews spent Friday treating the roads with salt. City and county crews treated roads earlier this week, as well. The salt will have to withstand overnight precipitation Friday into this morning to have an effect on the ice and snow in the forecast.

Contact Corianne Egan, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652 or follow @CoriEgan on Twitter.

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