Update: Tri-State under Ice Storm Warning

Tune to the 14 First Alert team for complete coverage on air and online until the storm has passed.

Update, 10:30am: From Indiana State Police:

Sleet and freezing rain is starting to make I-164 slick.  Traffic is moving between 45-60 mph with no problems between Lynch Road and I-64.  The speed limit is 70 mph north of Lynch Road.

We can only expect the roads to worsen as the day continues.  We encourage all motorists to slow down and increase their following distance.  The majority of crashes that occur during adverse weather are caused by motorists that are driving too fast for the current road conditions.

From Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Crash reported on the Breathitt-Pennyrile Parkway at the 12 mile marker.  2 SEMIs jackknifed.  Southbound lanes possibly blocked.

KSP has units on the way.

Location: I-24 EAST AND WEST at 73MM
County: CHRISTIAN
Incident: NUMEROUS CRASHES
Notified By: KSP
Estimated Duration: 1 HOUR

Comments:
ROAD IS BLOCKED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS DUE TO SEVERAL CRASHES.  A SALT TRUCK AND A DEPUTY ARE WORKING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE AREA.

Update, 9:05am: From Indiana State Police:

We've been receiving sleet/freezing rain in the northern part of Vanderburgh County for nearly an hour.  Traffic on I-64 is moving between 50-65 mph with no problems.

The state police have not responded to any crashes as of 9:05 a.m.

From the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Traffic is flowing on most area highways, but at reduced speed.  Bridges and overpasses are reported slick in places. 
Icing of windshields is reducing visibility further complicating the morning commute.  We are urging the public to avoid unnecessary travel.  Temperatures have remained in the low 20's over much of the region.  That has reduced the effectiveness of salt and other ice fighting chemicals.  As temperatures rise through the day to 30 degress or above highways should improve markedly.

There are numerous closings and delays Thursday. Call ahead before you go, or check out our closings on 14wfie.com.

Tune to the 14 First Alert team for complete coverage on air and online until the storm has passed.

Update, Thur 8:05 am: Driving conditions have already begun to deteriorate over west-central and south-central Kentucky as a significant ice storm is overspreading the outlook area.

Across the northern portion of central Kentucky and southern Indiana freezing rain is expected to continue into Friday morning before changing to rain.

Up to a quarter of an inch of ice or more may accumulate on trees, power lines, bridges and overpasses.

Update, Thur 7:36 am: According to Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Department, reports in the last hour indicate traffic flowing smoothly on I-24 at reduced speed.

Bridges and overpasses are reported slick in places. Traffic is backed up at the ramp near US 41-A exit 86. A salt truck is working through that area as traffic allows.

Update, Thur 7:15 am: The Judge Executive in Webster County, Kentucky is asking all residents to stay home if at all possible due to slick roads.

Update, Thur 7:05 am: A 14 News viewer is reporting a coating of ice in Anton, Kentucky along Highway 85, just six miles east of Madisonville.

Another 14 News viewer in Mt. Vernon, Indiana is reporting sleet at this time.

Update, Thur 7 am: At 6:30 am CST Thursday the National Weather Service's Paducah Radar showed a large area of mainly freezing rain with embedded pockets of sleet moving across the warning area.

Already reports of up to 1/4 inch of ice on trees, power lines and roadways had been received in southeast Missouri.

Icing was already underway in portions of western Kentucky and southern Illinois as well.

The precipitation is expected to continue as mainly light freezing rain through much of the day before transitioning over to light rain or light drizzle Thursday night.

An Ice Storm Warning means at least one quarter inch of ice is expected to glaze exposed surfaces.

Ice accumulations on trees and power lines already stressed from the last ice and sleet storm could quickly lead to power outages and falling tree branches.

Travel could become very hazardous across the region.

Update, Thur 6:35 am: An Ice Storm Warning remains in effect from 6am CST Thursday morning til midnight.

Freezing rain is expected to develop early Thursday morning and continue on and off through the course of the day.

There may be sleet and a brief period of snow initially but the predominant precipitation type should be freezing rain.

Ice accumulation may reach one quarter of an inch especially on elevated surfaces. Even though many road surfaces may have been treated dangerous driving conditions could still develop.

The precipitation is expected to transition over to mainly light rain or drizzle by midnight Thursday night with just a slight chance of lingering light freezing rain or freezing drizzle.

An ice storm warning means at least one quarter inch of ice is expected to glaze exposed surfaces.

Ice accumulations on trees and power lines already stressed from the last ice and sleet storm could quickly lead to power outages and falling tree branches.

Travel could become very hazardous across the region.

Update, Thur 6:30 am: According to the National Weather Service, up to one quarter inch of ice accumulation is likely for nearly all of southeast Missouri, parts of southwest Illinois, west of Interstates 57 and 24, and in southwest Kentucky, west of a Paducah to Fulton line.

Any travel will be hazardous across this area. If you do not have to travel to work or school Thursday morning please stay at home.

Untreated secondary and rural roadways will quickly become slick and hazardous.

Be prepared to have your emergency home or vehicle supplies at hand as the ice will quickly coat power lines and trees causing the potential for extended power outages.

Update, Thur 6:25 am: Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Departments says his crews are already running into freezing rain in Hopkins County.

Update, Thur 6:15 am: A widespread area of freezing rain and patchy sleet will continue to move northeast between 35 and 40 mph through the quad state region Thursday morning.

By 7 am CST the leading edge of this wintry precipitation should move near Mount Carmel, Illinois, Boonville and Rockport, Indiana.

Hourly rainfall amounts will range from a trace along the leading edge of the freezing rain up to two tenths of an inch within the widespread area of freezing rain.

This winter storm will continue to cause widespread glazing and icing on untreated road and walkways during.

Update, Wed 4:50 pm: A winter weather advisory is in effect for the Tri-State for Thursday and Friday. Snow and ice accumulations of 1-2" are possible, especially north of the Ohio River.

Temperatures may warm above freezing by early Friday morning over Western Kentucky, so anything that accumulates won't last for long.

This winter storm won't be nearly as bad as last weeks, but will still cause some travel hazards Thursday afternoon and early Friday, especially north of the river. Dry weather is on the way for the weekend.

Update, Wed 11:45am: 14 First Alert meteorologist Byron Douglas says the timing of the approaching winter storm is holding up. He says we can expect snow to start Thursday morning, with warming temperatures and the chance for sleet and freezing rain Thursday night.

Byron says this storm is not as powerful as last week's blast, but it has the potential to create travel headaches, with 1-2 inches of snow, likely followed by freezing rain.

Tune to your trusted winter weather information source, the 14 First Alert team, Wednesday and Thursday for complete coverage.

Update, Wed 7:45 am: A major winter storm may impact the region Thursday and Thursday night.

Arctic high pressure will provide sufficient cold air needed to make a wintry mix of precipitation across the region beginning late Thursday and lasting into at least early Friday.

Wintry precipitation will spread northeast into our region late Thursday as low pressure organizes to our southwest.

A Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Thursday morning through late Thursday night. A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that would greatly impact travel.

Moisture will overspread the cold air in place across our region late Thursday causing a wintry mix of precipitation.

The precipitation will begin as snow early Thursday for most of the region but may begin as a mixture of snow and sleet for areas near the Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee borders.

As the day progresses Thursday the snow is expected to increasingly mix with or change to freezing rain and sleet.

The exception will be across the far north especially along and north of Interstate 64 where snow will likely continue Thursday before mixing with and changing to sleet and freezing rain Thursday night.

Significant ice accumulations are the main threat with this storm system as ice accumulations of 1/4 inch or greater are possible.

However snowfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are also possible, mainly north of a line from Perryville, Missouri to Evansville, Indiana.

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that would greatly impact travel.

Previously:

Meteorologist: Jeff Lyons

Cold air has dropped into the Tri-State again and will keep us with below normal temperatures for the rest of the week.

While we may see some snow showers on Wednesday morning, the main event still seems to be shaping up for Thursday and Friday.

At the moment, the models are still indicating snow, sleet, freezing rain on Thursday and Friday.  The dividing line between the snow and the sloppy mix is along the Ohio River.

Keep tuned to 14 News on air and online for the latest updates on this wintry weather.