Franklin County under wind advisory

High wind gusts are possible Tuesday and Wednesday as a cold front blows through the area.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory, in effect from noon Tuesday through noon Wednesday.

The gusty winds are expected to start this Tuesday afternoon and continue throughout the night. Winds are expected to be in the 25 to 35 mile-per-hour range with gusts up to 40-45 miles per hour.

Winds could produce minor damage such as tree limbs down or shingle/roof damage.

Residents are advised to use caution on the roads, as wind gusts can make driving dangerous, especially in high-profile vehicles.

Also look around your yard and secure any loose items that could blow around.

Additional snow and ice could make roads slick for revelers


As a third snow-making event enters our area in less than a week, the National Weather Service has Franklin County and much of Southern Illinois under a Winter Weather Advisory.

The advisory is in effect from noon Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday.

NWS meteorologists expect one to two inches of light snow this afternoon and overnight, but the periods of freezing rain that will likely accompany it are the bigger concern.

The precipitation has already started with light rain in some of Franklin County this morning. After midnight tonight, just as New Year’s Eve revelers have said hello to 2013 and are heading home, snow and sleet are expected to dominate.

You are advised to keep a close eye on weather conditions today; you may need to change holiday plans tonight based on road conditions and what is expected as the front moves through the area.


More snow on the way: Weather advisory issued


Just when Franklin County residents have finished digging out of the snow from Wednesday night’s blizzard, the National Weather Service reports that more is on the way.

The NWS has issued a Winter Weather Advisory that includes Franklin County and runs from 3 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Saturday.

The front moving in should drop 1 to 3 inches of snow on the area, and some sleet is also possible.

In other words, stay in Friday night if you can, and dust off that shovel come Saturday morning.

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