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AREA WIDE -- The first burst of winter weather of the season is already starting to bring a wintry mix. Check back regularly for live updates on the weather forecast and its impacts. We are still expecting less than an inch of snow and up to a tenth of an inch of ice. Roads will get slick.
[2:25 P.M.] A new WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY has been issued for Dubois and surrounding counties....
Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 11 pm est /10 pm cst/ this evening...
* WHAT ...snow. Snow accumulations of up to one inch, mainly east of i-65.
Light freezing drizzle may be possible on the back end of the snow showers and could create a glaze of ice on surfaces.
* WHERE...portions of and south central Indiana and east central, north central, northwest and south central Kentucky.
* WHEN ...Until 11 pm est /10 pm cst/ this evening.
* Additional Details...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening rush hour commute.
Precautionary/preparedness actions... A winter weather advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties.
Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1. &&
...Light accumulations possible with snow showers... A band of light to moderate snow will move through southern Indiana and central Kentucky this afternoon and evening. Light snow accumulations of a half inch to an inch are possible with this snow, mainly on elevated surfaces. Slick spots could develop on roads, especially on untreated bridges and overpasses.
This snow will move through during rush hour across the Louisville and Lexington metro areas.
[5:00 A.M.] Special Weather Statement issued for Dubois, surrounding counties... Winter Wx Advisory extended until 10 a.m. Ice Storm Warning in Martin County until noon....
SPECIAL WX STATEMENT --
ANOTHER ROUND OF WINTRY PRECIPITATION THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING... LINGERING FREEZING RAIN AND DRIZZLE WILL SLOWLY TAPER OFF THIS MORNING, ALONG WITH TEMPERATURES RISING JUST ABOVE FREEZING.
WATCH FOR LINGERING SLICK SPOTS ON ROADWAYS, ESPECIALLY ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES FOR THE MORNING COMMUTE. IN ADDITION, DOWNED TREES AND POWERLINES WILL CONTINUE TO BE A CONCERN THIS MORNING.
AFTER A BRIEF LULL IN WINTRY PRECIPITATION LATER THIS MORNING THROUGH MIDDAY, ANOTHER ROUND OF LIGHT SNOW AND LINGERING FREEZING DRIZZLE IS EXPECTED THROUGH THE AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE A DUSTING TO A HALF AN INCH, MAINLY ON GRASSY AND ELEVATED SURFACES AS TEMPERATURES SHOULD REMAIN JUST ABOVE FREEZING.
THE BEST CHANCES FOR AMOUNTS AROUND A HALF AN INCH WOULD BE IN THE BLUEGRASS REGION OF CENTRAL KENTUCKY. IN ADDITION, THE EVENING COMMUTE MAY SEE A FEW SLICK SPOTS. LITTLE TO NO ADDITIONAL ICE ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED FROM THE LINGERING FREEZING DRIZZLE.
ICE STORM WARNING - Martin County
.ICE STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON EST TODAY... ...
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM EST THIS EVENING...
* WHAT...SIGNIFICANT ICING. SNOW EXPECTED. ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO ONE INCH AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO ONE QUARTER OF AN INCH. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF UP TO ONE INCH EXPECTED.
* WHERE...PORTIONS OF CENTRAL, EAST CENTRAL, SOUTH CENTRAL, SOUTHEAST, SOUTHWEST AND WEST CENTRAL INDIANA.
* WHEN...FOR THE ICE STORM WARNING, UNTIL NOON EST TODAY. FOR THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY, FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM EST THIS EVENING.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...PLAN ON SLIPPERY ROAD CONDITIONS. THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS WILL IMPACT THE MORNING OR EVENING COMMUTE.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... AN ICE STORM WARNING MEANS SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF ICE ACCUMULATION WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS OR IMPOSSIBLE. TRAVEL IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED.
IF YOU MUST TRAVEL, KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT, FOOD AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY. SNAPPED POWER LINES AND FALLING TREE BRANCHES ARE ALSO POSSIBLE. A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW, SLEET OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. EXPECT SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES, AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
THE LATEST ROAD CONDITIONS FOR INDIANA CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING 1 800 2 6 1 7 6 2 3
[8:55 P.M.] ISP reporting multiple crashes on area roadways due to the ice. Roads are getting bad and will only get worse as the night goes on.
[8:52 P.M.] The National Weather Service has put out an updated Winter Weather Advisory. It looks like ice will fall at a pretty good rate for the next 1-3 hours. See the latest info below....
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM EST /5 AM CST/ THURSDAY...
* WHAT...A MIX OF RAIN, FREEZING RAIN, AND SNOW WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE NORTH THROUGH THE AREA THIS EVENING. ACCUMULATION OF A FEW HUNDRETHS OF INCH OF ICE PER HOUR CAN BE EXPECTED FOR 1 TO 3 HOURS AS THE FREEZING RAIN MOVES THROUGH.
* WHERE...THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF FREEZING RAIN IS EXPECTED ALONG AND NORTH OF THE WESTERN KENTUCKY/BLUEGRASS PARKWAYS. TEMPERATURES WERE VERY SLOWLY WARMING FROM THE SOUTH AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SON OVERNIGHT. SNOW AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED TO TOP OUT AROUND 1 INCH IN SOUTHERN INDIANA.
* WHEN...UNTIL 6 AM EST /5 AM CST/ THURSDAY.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...ICE ACCUMULATION WILL BE GREATEST ON ELEVATED AND EXPOSED SURFACES, SUCH AS TREES, POWER LINES, AND ELEVATED DECKS AND SIDEWALKS. SURFACE TEMPERATURES WILL WARM TO ABOVE FREEZING BY DAYBREAK THURSDAY IN MOST LOCATIONS.
IF YOU MUST TRAVEL THIS EVENING, DRIVE DEFENSIVELY, LEAVING ADDITIONAL SPACE BETWEEN YOU AND OTHER VEHICLES. BETTER YET, IF YOU CAN WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW TO TRAVEL, DO SO. TRAVEL CONDITIONS WILL BE CONSIDERABLY BETTER IN THE MORNING.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR MIXED PRECIPITATION MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN, SLEET, AND SNOW MAY CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS LATE THIS EVENING AND DURING THE OVERNIGHT PERIOD. &&
...LIGHT FREEZING RAIN CAUSING TRAVEL PROBLEMS IN CENTRAL KY... .A LARGE AREA OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN MOVING THROUGH CENTRAL KENTUCKY WILL CONTINUE TO CAUSE TRAVEL PROBLEMS THROUGH THE EVENING.
WHILE ICE ACCUMULATION HAS BEEN MINIMAL IN MOST AREAS, SLICK SPOTS ON ROADS HAVE CAUSED NUMEROUS ACCIDENTS. THE KENTUCKY TRANSPORTATION CABINET REPORTS THAT I-265 NORTHBOUND IN LOUISVILLE IS CURRENTLY BLOCKED DUE TO MULTIPLE CRASHES.
POWER OUTAGES AFFECTING NEARLY 800 CUSTOMERS WERE REPORTED IN BUTLER COUNTY, WHERE TEMPERATURE WERE JUST STARTING TO RISE ABOVE FREEZING.
[7:47 P.M.] Greater Jasper Public Schools put information on social media about its inclement weather policy. To read the full message .... CLICK HERE
[7:20 P.M.] INDOT crews will be out on state roads overnight treating any slick spots that may form. Be sure to give the trucks plenty of room to work and slow down out there.
Because the system was supposed to start as rain, crews did not think they could pre-treat as rain would wash the brine or salt away before the ice formed so don't expect roads to be treated in the near future until crews get out there.
[7:02 P.M.] From Daviess County EMA --
Reports to the National Weather Service of heavy sleet in Oakland City and Princeton. Also snow reports along the Ohio River. All moving northward. Snow totals may be held to 1-3 inches with addition of mix of sleet / freezing rain.
Freezing rain total forecast .10-.25 inch.
Less traveled roads should become slick as the night progresses. State Highways should remain wet with salt and road treatment. Bridges and overpasses could become slick as temps continue to drop. Morning roads conditions could be slick, please allow extra time and slow down.
[6:50 p.m.] Basically, the sleet has begun all across the area. In Sulphur, a listener reports the ground is already getting covered with ice. Roads will begin to get slick from now through the overnight hours.
[6:44 P.M.] Listener Felicia O. reports sleet in Birdseye and Shelby C. says the sleet has begun in Bretzville! Conditions will begin to deteriorate as the evening progresses.
[6:41 P.M.] Listener Brittany M. is reporting sleet on the south end of Jasper. Still waiting for it to begin on the north end but should be any time now.
[6:31 P.M.] A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY goes into effect at 7:00 p.m. The precipitation is moving in as we speak. Our Melanie Arehart reports sleet in Holland. The system is moving in faster than anticipated and it's not starting as all rain, as meteorologists had expected. We'll have to see how these changes impact our final snow / ice totals.
We are still expecting less than an inch of snow and up to a tenth of an inch of ice. Roads will get slick.