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Brief snow possible before Saturday rain

A graphic shows the expected weather across far western Kentucky and southern Illinois as of 6 a.m. Saturday.

Graphic by WPSD-TV

BY SHELLEY BYRNE sbyrne@mayfield-messenger.com

Snow is possible, but forecasters said the heaviest amounts will fall in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.

Trent Okerson, meteorologist for WPSD Local 6 in Paducah, expected little impact in Graves County.

"You guys are right on the southern edge of the snow," he said. "It doesn't look like Mayfield and Graves County will get too much."

The biggest chance of snow for the county would be a brief window this evening and later tonight when the system initially moves in, Okerson said.

"There may be some snow on the front end of this moving in," he said. "It's not out of the question you could pick up a dusting to an inch in Graves County through the night."

The snow, if it comes, should change over to rain quickly, he said.

"Any of that accumulation is only going to be around for a short period of time," Okerson said. "Once it starts raining, it will be gone. Most of the day Saturday it looks like it's only going to be a cold rain."

The National Weather Service office at Barkley Regional Airport, west of Paducah, predicted less than 1 inch of expected snowfall in Mayfield beginning as early as tonight and 1 inch in Symsonia, the only two points in Graves County for which a forecast was provided.

NWS also provided low and high ranges for possible snowfall. In both cases the low end was no snow at all, and the high end range was 3 inches. The weather service said the chance of at least 0.1 of an inch of snow falling over the weekend was 59 percent in Mayfield and 74 percent in Paducah.

A special weather statement NWS issued early Thursday warned of the potential for accumulating snow causing travel impacts tonight and into Saturday morning. It added that the heaviest accumulations were expected in far southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. Most model guidance showed the region would switch over to rain on Saturday, according to the weather service.

"With forecast high temperatures in the mid to upper 30s, the overall impacts should lessen throughout the day Saturday," the statement said. "Additional wintry precipitation may affect portions of the region Saturday night into Sunday as colder air filters in behind the departing storm system. However, any additional accumulation is expected to be light at this time."