Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Webster

Winter Storm Warnings Could Escalate

winter weather warning 02 300WESTERN KENTUCKY (12/4/13) — The bad news hasn't gotten better.

While the threat of an approaching winter storm spanning parts of Missouri through Pennsylvania, it's not a question of whether western Kentucky is in for precipitation — but what kind and how much.

According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, a winter storm watch for Thursday night was issued Tuesday for much of southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois, southwestern Indiana and western Kentucky. The watch could be upgraded to a warning as soon as Wednesday night, said meteorologist Eric Platt Wednesday morning.

During a morning teleconference with area officials, Platt said a significant weather event is looming with enough precipitation to cause concern.

“The newest information on Wednesday morning indicates we may have to speed up a warning by as much as six hours,” said Platt in an audio recording of the conference. “Depending on this afternoon's models, we may put up a warning this afternoon. If not, then by tomorrow morning.”

According to the NWS website at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, a winter storm watch has been issued for western Kentucky beginning late Thursday night through Friday afternoon for the entire area, portions of southern Illinois, southwest Indiana and southeast Missouri.

Freezing rain is likely to overspread the area late Thursday night and Friday morning. Precipitation will gradually change to sleet and snow before ending late Friday afternoon.

Significant accumulations of ice, sleet and snow will likely make driving treacherous Thursday night and Friday. In addition, some isolated power outages are possible in areas, where freezing rain is most prevalent, which appears to be across western Kentucky.

People, who lived in the areas hit the hardest by the ice storm of 2009 have experienced the loss of electricity when inches of freezing rain fall.

It is expected that as the cold front moves into the area, ice accumulation along the Ohio River is likely. However, it could be as small as one quarter to one half inch of ice.

There is a potential, however, for a “sweet spot” along that western Kentucky corridor to have “quite a bit of ice to deal with,” Platt said.

The system could be moving cooler and faster requiring a warning to be issued earlier in the day Thursday, Platt said.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/13 - 16

Stock Report

1 DOW 17,265.99
+109.14 (0.64%)    
2 S&P 2,011.36
+9.79 (0.49%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,593.42
+31.24 (0.68%)    
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

In Other News...

The Homeplace Fall Harvest Programs and 36 Years On The Farm

KENTUCKY (9/17/14) — Attached is the Harvest gazette and the 36 Years On The Farm gazette for The Homeplace. Click here… Read More

Annual Stroke Camp a Success for Survivors, Caregivers, Volunteers

MURRAY, Ky. (9/18/14) — Approximately 45 stroke survivors, caregivers and volunteers gathered at Lake Barkley State… Read More
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

September 15, 2014 5003

Man Accused of Stealing Rural King…

in Top Stories by MCSO PIO Alex Piper
September 15, 2014 4765

Man Accused of Stalking Woman During Her…

in Top Stories by GPD PIO Wes Miller
September 16, 2014 3653

Postal Worker Arrested for Terroristic…

in Top Stories by GPD PIO Wes Miller
September 17, 2014 2405

Wanted Man Leads Troopers on Chase…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
September 15, 2014 2312

Man Arrested for DUI, Carrying Concealed…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

September 17, 2014 2405

Wanted Man Leads Troopers on Chase…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
September 15, 2014 2312

Man Arrested for DUI, Carrying Concealed…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 15, 2014 2177

Man Arrested for Being Under Influence of…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
September 17, 2014 1697

Three Injured in Two-Vehicle Accident

in Top Stories by Kyle Pharris
September 18, 2014 868

Manitou Man Charged with DUI

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

September 15, 2014 1367

Owensboro Convention Center Announces…

in News by Madison Strobel
September 15, 2014 1038

Marian Retreat Oct. 18-19

in News by Jennifer Kaminski
September 14, 2014 982

Come and Explore at Sister Trek 2014

in News by Jennifer Kaminski
September 15, 2014 924

Parking Committee Meeting Location Change

in News by Beth Cecil
September 15, 2014 460

Owensboro Man Charged With Burglary,…

in Top Stories by Dennis Beard, SurfKY News

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

September 15, 2014 5003

Man Accused of Stealing Rural King…

in Top Stories by MCSO PIO Alex Piper
September 15, 2014 4765

Man Accused of Stalking Woman During Her…

in Top Stories by GPD PIO Wes Miller
September 16, 2014 3653

Postal Worker Arrested for Terroristic…

in Top Stories by GPD PIO Wes Miller
September 17, 2014 2305

Two Arrested for Meth After Traffic Stop

in Top Stories by Alex Piper
September 14, 2014 2155

Three Injured in Single-Car Collision

in Top Stories by Robert LIttlepage

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 03social 04social 22social 21social 06