Ice, Freezing Rain, and Snow in Kentucky's Mid-Week Forecast

Feb 9, 2021

Winter storm watches and warnings are posted for much of Kentucky through Thursday night. 

Dangerous ice accumulations are expected across the southern half of Kentucky, mainly south of the Western Kentucky and Bluegrass Parkways, with the worst beginning Wednesday evening. A mixture of mainly sleet and snow is expected north of the parkways. 

Meteorologist Kyle Wilkins with the National Weather Service in Louisville doesn’t expect this event to rival the ice storms of 2009 or 2018.

“But this is enough to definitely have impacts," Wilkins told WKU Public Radio. "There will probably be some limbs brought down. There’s going to be traffic impacts. There are probably going to be some power outages, but it’s not going to be anything like those big storms that everyone remembers.”

Wilkins says areas will see anywhere from a quarter to three-quarters of an inch of ice.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says crews have begun pre-treating the highways in anticipation of sleet and freezing rain. Those who do have to drive in dangerous conditions are urged to plan ahead, monitor local forecasts, and let others know when to expect your arrival.