Chief Meteorologist: Jeff Lyons
Update Thur 5:05pm: Sheriff Joe Keeling advises that the county roads are ice covered and very slick, and are not expected to improve until sometime tomorrow.
"I would discourage travel unless absolutely necessary. If you have to travel,take your cell phone, allow plenty of time, dont follow too closley, anticipate stops and make sure someone knows when you left and when you should arrive," Keeling said.
Update Thur 2:55pm: We'll continue to see freezing rain through the evening hours Thursday.
Surface temperatures will stay in the middle 20s through 10:00 p.m. Jeff is anticipating a slight warm up overnight, and temperatures may be at or slightly above freezing on Friday morning.
This should help melt any accumulated ice by Friday afternoon.
At the moment, the heaviest ice buildup has been over Southern Illinois, with up to ¾" of ice in Franklin County, about 75 miles west of Evansville.
Some of our spotters are reporting about ¼" of ice on trees and power lines in Pike, Knox and Gibson counties.
Our northern tier of counties Clay, Richland, Lawrence, Knox and Daviess are under a Winter Storm Warning through Friday morning.
Snow will mix with the freezing rain there with several inches possible by Friday.
Untreated and elevated surfaces will still glaze with ice, so traffic troubles will linger through Friday morning.
Once this system lifts out on Friday, we should see clearing and slightly warmer weather over the weekend.
Highs will be in the mid to upper 30s and lows in the mid 20s through the weekend. We may see another round of light rain/snow showers early Sunday morning.
UPDATE, 1PM: The wreck on I-24 in Christian County that was blocking the road has been cleared now.
EARLIER: School and business closings, slick roads and lots of questions for Tri-State residents Thursday.
The questions range from whether a school or business is closed Thursday, to whether the roads are slick in your area. The answers, for the most part, are yes.
We don't know about Friday closings yet, but as soon as we do, they'll be available through the link at the top of this story.
Many roads have scattered slick spots, and there dozens of accidents and slide offs Thursday.
Kentucky seems to be the hardest hit, although the image of the damaged sheriff's cruiser with this story is from an accident on Burkhardt Road in Evansville Thursday morning. There were no serious injuries.