Mother Nature turned the snow loose as we turned the calendar to February.

The first significant snowfall of the winter has blanketed the area with heavy, wet snow.  The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the northern portion of the Hannibal-Quincy area until 9 p.m. tonight.  The southern portion of the area is under a Winter Weather Advisory.

The NWS says snow will continue throughout the day into the evening, with higher accumulations of 6 to 10 inches along and north of a line from Shelbyville, Missouri to Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Lesser snowfall totals of 2 to 5 inches are likely to the south of this line.

Slick conditions prompted MoDOT to close Route H in Marion County early Sunday morning.  The road is expected to remain closed until Monday.

Officials discourage travel unless necessary.  If you must venture out, allow extra time to get to your destination and take extra precautions.

Temperatures are expected to plummet to around 10 degrees overnight, making for icy conditions on untreated surfaces.

There is at least one positive aspect of the snow : it's prime for snowman construction!