Children make their way through a Belleville alley after a storm dumped up to 18 inches of snow on Belleville the weekend of Jan. 30-31, 1982.
Update: First ever Blizzard Warning issued for mid-Missouri01.31.2011
The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for all mid-Missouri counties.
This is the first time the Weather Service in St. Louis has ever had to issue a Blizzard Warning for any area.
According the the Weather Service, a Blizzard Warning is issued when sustained wind speeds or frequent gusts of over 35 mph are expected for several hours with considerable falling and/or blowing and drifting snow.
A Blizzard Warning is mainly used to make motorists aware of white-out conditions, which make travel extremely dangerous.
To see the weather watches and warnings for your county click HERE.
For mid-Missouri, here is the forecast:
Light freezing rain and sleet will continue through the afternoon hours Monday, the Weather Service predicts.
By Monday evening, the precipitation will change over to snow, which will continue all day Tuesday and end Wednesday morning.
Accumulations will range from 12 to 20 inches, with the higher totals in the northern counties.
The Weather Service says some areas could get more than 20 inches.
Wind will also be an issue, the winds will become northerly and increase to 25 to 30 mph with frequent gusts to 40 mph by Tuesday afternoon and continue through Wednesday, according to the weather service.
The Weather Service warns that blowing snow could cause white-out conditions.
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