Caution Urged as Winter Storm Spreads Across Kentucky

Dec 6, 2013

A wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow is set to make its way across the WKU Public Radio listening area Friday.

Temperatures are expected to dip below the freezing point Friday afternoon, something that could potentially cause dangerous driving conditions throughout the region.

The northwestern Kentucky and southern Indiana portions of our listening area are under a winter storm warning until 6 pm Friday evening. The National Weather Service predicts ice accumulations will range from one-tenth to one-quarter inch in those regions.

The central and southern Kentucky counties in our region are under a winter weather advisory until 1 am eastern time Saturday. The transition to freezing rain Friday could create ice accumulations from one-tenth to one-quarter inch.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet issued the following advisory Friday morning:

"We have sleet hitting Union and Henderson counties at this hour.  Crews in those counties are spreading salt and calcium choloride.  Roadways are partially covered and slushy where they have been treated through the night.

We've had some reports of slick spots in Hopkins County, mainly bridges and overpasses.  Our crew there has been treating those locations.  

All other counties are reporting mainly wet pavement.  Warm pavement temperatures from the mild weather earlier this week have dropped to near freezing during the night in some counties.

We continue to urge motorists to avoid unnecessary travel.  Radar indicates there is still a large area of freezing rain, sleet, and snow back across Arkansas and Missouri that is expected to move across the region."