DUE TO HEAVY SNOWS IN WESTERN KENTUCKY...WIDESPREAD 6 TO 12 INCH SNOWFALL AMOUNTS HAVE HAULTED AREA TRAVEL. ISOLATED 15 INCH AMOUNTS HAVE BEEN REPORTED. DRIFTS UP TO A FOOT AND A HALF HAVE ALSO BEEN REPORTED. THIS IS A DANGEROUS STORM SITUATION AND TRAVEL SHOULD BE AVOIDED IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. (National Weather Service)

surfky rain purple 300WESTERN KENTUCKY (8/7/14) ― With much-needed rain on the horizon for many parts of western Kentucky, the risk for traffic accidents is on the increase.

According to Keith Todd with the state Department of Transportation, a film of oil can develop on roads during extended dry periods that can create hazardous driving conditions, when the rain begins.

Also adding to potential dangers, is the fact that heavy downpours are likely throughout the region thereby decreasing visibility for drivers.

According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, scattered showers and thunderstorms with a high of around 85 will continue throughout the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

For Friday, showers and thunderstorms are likely to continue with a cloudy skies and a high near 86. The chance of precipitation is 70 percent. For Friday night and Friday Night Live in Madisonville, a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with a low of 70 is expected.

There's a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Saturday with a high near 86 and southwest winds 3 to 8 mph. Saturday night, there's a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with a low of 71.

For Sunday, a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms continues, although it's likely to be partly sunny with a high near 86. For Sunday night, there's a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms with mostly cloudy skies and a low around 69.

The workweek begins with another chance of showers and thunderstorms with mostly cloudy skies and a high near 87.

Rita Dukes Smith
SurfKY News Director

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