Ice Storm Warning Issued for Most of Western Kentucky
It's been 12 years since we've heard the phrase "ice storm warning," but it's back, whether we like it or not.
The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for a large section of the Commonwealth include most of western Kentucky.
In the WBKR coverage area, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, and Union Counties are under a winter weather advisory. The rest of our western Kentucky are included in the ice storm warning:
...Prolonged wintry precipitation event expected later Tonight through Thursday... .A significant wintry precipitation event is expected to return across the Quad State later tonight and persist through Thursday. At this time, significant and dangerous ice accumulations are expected by Thursday morning, especially over parts of west Kentucky, the southern tip of Illinois, and the Delta region of southeast Missouri. However, notable ice accumulation is possible over the remainder of southern Illinois, southeast Missouri, and southwest Indiana.
...ICE STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST THURSDAY... * WHAT...Significant icing expected. Total ice accumulations of two tenths to a half inch possible with the highest amounts along the southern portions of the Kentucky Pennyrile and Purchase Area. Additionally, up to a quarter inch of sleet is possible Thursday. * WHERE...Along and south of a line extending from Doniphan, Missouri, northeastward to Eddyville, Illinois, then eastward to Calhoun, Kentucky. * WHEN...From midnight tonight to 6 PM CST Thursday with most of the precipitation occurring Wednesday night through Thursday. * IMPACTS...Power outages and tree damage are possible due to the ice. Hazardous travel conditions are expected and could impact the morning or evening commute.
For the counties under the winter weather advisory, here's what the National Weather Service is saying:
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST THURSDAY... * WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of one tenth to two tenths of an inch. Some sleet is possible Thursday. * WHERE...Along and north of a line extending from Elsinore, Missouri, northeastward to Harrisburg, Illinois, then eastward to Owensboro, Kentucky. * WHEN...From midnight tonight to 6 PM CST Thursday. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery and dangerous road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.
Needless to say, the National Weather Service is advising against traveling in this kind of weather. But if you must, keep an extra flashlight, some food and water, and a blanket, in case of an emergency. Also, power outages will be possible.
TIPS: Here's how you can prepare for power outages