Winter weather arrives ahead of start date
The fall season is closing out with a ‘brrrrr’ instead of a ‘bang.’ With brutally cold temperatures and a couple of inches of snow Sunday, it’s hard to believe winter doesn’t officially start until next week.
Wintry precipitation during the weekend arrived a bit later than expected, with flurries late Saturday transitioning into an accumulating snow just after midday Sunday.
School corporation superintendents made the decision Sunday night to close Harrison County schools Monday. Because some roads were still snow and ice covered, and because of single-digit temperatures, a two-hour delay was put into effect yesterday (Tuesday).
During the midst of the snowstorm, which the National Weather Service said brought 1 inch to much of Harrison County and 3 inches to extreme southern parts of the county, S.R. 64 was shut down near S.R. 335 due to icy conditions. Multiple slide-offs were reported in other parts of the county, as well.
Another dose of winter weather is predicted for today and tomorrow, as the entire area is under a winter storm watch from this afternoon to tomorrow afternoon.
The NWS says a change-over from light snow to sleet and freezing rain will occur across southcentral Kentucky this afternoon. The transition zone is expected to shift north this evening, reaching northern Kentucky and Southern Indiana before daybreak.
As the weather system continues to the east Thursday afternoon, a snow and sleet mix is predicted.
There could be up to a quarter-inch or more of ice accumulation, predicted the NWS, making for dangerous travel conditions, followed by up to an inch or two of additional snow accumulation.