The US National Weather Service (NWS) issued winter storm warnings for large parts of the Midwestern states on Friday, January 11, and effective until Sunday, January 13. Affected areas include most of Missouri, southern Illinois, Indiana, and southwest Ohio to include the metropolitan regions of St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati. Total snow accumulation of 7.5-20 cm (3-8 in) is forecast with up to 28 cm (11 in) in the St. Louis area. A winter storm warning was also issued for southern and western areas of the Denver (Colorado) metropolitan area, including I-25 and I-70.
Additionally, winter weather advisories are in effect until Sunday for Kansas (including the Kansas City metropolitan area), southwest Nebraska (including Lincoln and Omaha), southern Iowa, northern Kentucky (including Louisville), and West Virginia. Freezing rain and ice are forecast along with light snow for areas of Kentucky and West Virginia.
Transportation disruptions are possible, including flight delays and cancelations, and adverse driving conditions due to slick roads and limited visibility. Flight disruptions and delays may occur at Kansas City International Airport (MCI), St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL), Indianapolis International Airport (IND), Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), and other airports. Power and telecommunication disruptions cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in the affected regions are advised to monitor local weather reports and anticipate adverse driving conditions and power, telecommunication, and transportation disruptions, including flight delays and cancelations.
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