Per the National Weather Service in Louisville, KY:
Here is the latest regarding the significant storm system expected Thursday:
- The Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to an Ice Storm Warning, with a Winter Weather Advisory in place across south-central KY (products valid Late Tonight across Southern IN and valid Thursday Morning for KY, continuing through Early Friday Morning for entire area)
- A Flood Watch has been issued for portions of south-central and east-central KY, valid Thursday Morning through Late Thursday Night
- Widespread rain through Thursday, with total precipitation amounts of 2.5 - 3.5 inches expected.
- Highest amounts are expected across south-central and east-central KY where precipitation type is likely to remain as plain rain through much of the day Thursday. Flood Watch in effect for this area where flooding will be possible Thursday, with river flooding possible through the weekend.
- Rain will begin to transition to a wintry mix from north to south late Wednesday Night (across southern IN) through Thursday Evening, with the wintry mix tapering off Thursday Night into early Friday Morning
- Significant accumulations of ice and sleet/snow are expected within the Ice Storm Warning, although impactful ice and sleet accums are still possible within the Winter Weather Advisory
Please note that these types of winter storms are extremely complex and very challenging to forecast. Slight variations in the path of the system can result in large differences in the weather we experience. Stay up to date with the latest forecasts.
Advice from Meade County Emergency Manager Ron Dodson:
Do not call 911 unless you have an emergency! As winter weather hits our area, it's okay to want to know current road conditions. However, it's not okay to call 911 or local police to ask them about it. ... Quit calling 9-1-1 or your local Kentucky State Police Post for power outages, weather updates, traffic and roadway conditions.
Prepare Early! If there's something that needs done; do it today... don't plan on doing it tomorrow or Friday. Plan to avoid travel on Thursday and Friday!
Prepare in advance to get to the grocery store, run errands, fuel up and ensure you have everything you need today (Wednesday)! Check on your elderly friends and neighbors to make sure that they are prepared as well.
On Thursday, it is likely that we will receive a significant ice storm, followed by a possible snow event. Avoid travel!!!
If you plan to travel regardless, make sure your car has a winter safety kit in it (blanket, snacks, warm clothes).
Should the ice storm impact electric lines (likely), stock your home with candles (if you plan to use candles, use extreme caution), flashlights, batteries, radio, food, water and blankets.