Winter Storm Warning For N. Ky.; Winter Weather Advisory For Rest Of Us
By Mike Perleberg
By Friday evening, local roads could look much like they did on Tuesday after accumulating snow falls. Photo by Debbie Posey, Eagle Country 99.3.
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Most of Friday’s school closings affect northern Kentucky, because that is where the bulk of the snow is expected to fall.
Areas south of the Ohio River are expected to receive three to six inches of snowfall today, according to models from the National Weather Service. Meteorologists say much of southeast Indiana and southwest Ohio in our listening area will only get one to three inches.
The weather service has placed all northern Kentucky counties including Boone and Gallatin under a Winter Storm Warning starting at 1:00 p.m. Friday and lasting through Saturday morning at 7:00. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Dearborn, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland, and Hamilton counties.
[4:50 AM] Continuing to watch this developing winter storm. Significant snow is forecast for N/NE KY and S OH. pic.twitter.com/BYcvPOicu5
— NWS Wilmington OH (@NWSILN) January 22, 2016
The snow is expected to begin falling between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. Friday. The uncertainty has forced Rising Sun-Ohio County Schools and Lawrenceburg Community Schools to call for early dismissals.
Schools are not the only ones getting out early or the day off. In Kentucky where some areas are expected to receive greater than eight inches of snow, government officials are also getting a snow day. Governor Matt Bevin announced Thursday that all non-essential government offices would be closed Friday in anticipation of the winter storm. Essential personnel, including hospital and prison employees, law enforcement and road crews are still expected to work.
Any snow could also make for an interesting Friday afternoon and evening commute. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 spokeswoman Nancy Wood says motorists need to be prepared.
“Don’t be on the roadways if it is not necessary. Staying off the roads will give our snowfighters more room to work and it will reduce the chance of crashes that could prevent plows from making their rounds. If you need to travel, remember to allow more time when planning your commute. Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you to allow more brake time. Give our snowfighters the room they need to do their job. Remember to take it slow in the snow,” Wood said.
Stay tuned to Eagle Country 99.3 throughout the day for any new school announcements or event cancellations. You can also monitor our closings and delays webpage.
INDOT mechanics at work between snow events making repairs and prepping plow trucks for next run. pic.twitter.com/NaAbYO4inD
— INDOT Southeast (@INDOTSoutheast) January 22, 2016