Winter Storm Watch issued for Friday

Between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., temperatures dropped below freezing from northwest to southeast across central IN as rain fell. Temperatures have dipped into the 20s from highs in the 60's on Thursday.

The freezing rain will cause a light coating of ice to accumulate on sidewalks, roads and bridges. In the wake of unseasonably warm air and heavy rainfall, an arctic cold front will blast across the area this afternoon. The morning hours have 50s and rain and the evening hours will push snow, sleet and freezing rain into Kentucky.

The warning ends at 9 p.m. Friday in far west Kentucky and 6 northwest Tennessee.

Friday night: A chance of rain and snow before 7 p.m., then a chance of snow.

Heavy mixed precipitation expected is expected to create hard travel conditions with total snow accumulations of 5 to 7 inches and ice accumulations of around one-tenth of an inch expected.

Many local businesses also either were closed Friday or planned to close early in anticipation of possible snow or ice accumulations of several inches. A flood watch is in effect for the southern and midcoast areas from Friday afternoon though Saturday morning.

Lows will be in the teens overnight.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy skies and frigid temperatures continue, with a high temperature of 23 degrees.

Travel was not advised in many areas of the region due to blowing snow or slick roads.

City Department of Public Works Supervisor Tom Jones said plenty of salt and sand will be on hand at the city garage to be sure roadways are safe for travel. The winter weather is expected to continue through the morning. By mid afternoon, the rain in the forecast is likely to turn to freezing rain or sleet, potentially making a treacherous afternoon commute. The freezing rain window appears to only last a few hours, and looks less widespread for the time frame.

  • Leroy Wright