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Ice Storm overnight ending with light flurries

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Rain early changes into some light snow.  Highs near 39 then falling in the afternoon.  Not really worried about accumulation at this point, just the re-freeze and colder air by Wednesday night with lows near 15 again.


Flood warnings have been issued for Scioto County in Ohio and Lewis County in Kentucky until 6:30am.  Flood warnings are in effect around the Morehead, Kentucky area as well.  Over an inch of rain has fallen since this storm began and streets have been covered with sleet, and ice, causing water to run off, creating flooding.  Area rivers already running high will continue to rise. 

More than 3,400 customers are without power in northeast Kentucky according to the Kentucky Power website and as many as 2,700 are without power in Ohio according to the AEP Ohio website.  

The StormTracker meteorologists say the cold air has locked in right up to the Ohio River and is warmer just south and east of the Huntington area.  A full blown ice storm is going to make driving hazardous as ice coats all surfaces until warmer air can move in later in the morning.  Flooding is still the primary concern in terms of the largest number of counties and largest surface area within the 13 News viewing area.  Keep watching the front page of for any new weather alerts as they scroll across the front of the web page. 


The Ohio Department of Transportation in southeast Ohio released a statement with the following in regards to road conditions and treatments:

"Nearly 80 plows are currently treating and plowing the roads, using a mix of 50 percent salt and 50 percent sand. Special attention will be given to bridges and overpasses, hills and sharp turns."

Emergency managers in Scioto County reported half an inch of sleet in downtown Portsmouth just before 9 p.m. with a tenth of an inch of ice on top.  Temperatures downtown have been steady at 32 degrees.  Meanwhile, new counties have been added to warnings and watches.  Jackson County, Ohio has been added to a winter storm warning for up to an inch of sleet.   Gallia (OH), Boyd (KY) as well as Mason and Jackson counties in WV have been added to a winter weather advisory for similar conditions.   

Ice Storm Warnings were added for Scioto, Ross and Pike counties in Ohio as well as Lewis County in Kentucky for the night time hours where as much as a half inch of ice could form.  This would make driving very hazardous and could result in downed limbs and even power outages.  Winter Weather Advisories were added for Athens, Lawrence and Meigs counties in Ohio as well as Greenup, Carter, Elliott and Morgan counties in Kentucky where some light accumulations of snow and sleet could mix with freezing rain before changing to all rain generally after midnight.  Some areas could see one to one and a half inches of rain which is why we still have a flooding threat.  The heavy rain should subside after 6 a.m. but the runoff can linger many hours after that causing streams and creeks to rise.  The Ohio River is projected to rise several feet as well between now and late Thursday.  
Heavy rain will move across the region, pouring on already soaked ground, adding to snow melt for rising streams, creeks and rivers Tuesday night and Wednesday.

After spotty flooding from a storm Monday, a second storm is set to move across the viewing areaTuesday night and Wednesday bringing the threat of flooding back to the region.

"We could see an inch to an inch and a half of rain, and when you add that to snow melt, we could see some flooding even before the sun comes up Wednesday," said StormTracker chief meteorologist Spencer Adkins. 

An active weather pattern is bringing what Adkins calls a "parade of low pressure centers" over the area.  The opening act in that parade left as much as eight inches of snow in southeast Ohio Monday morning, causing more school closings and delays.  High water was reported in many areas including in northern Kanawha County and in Lawrence County Kentucky west of Louisa.  

"The ground is either covered in snow that's melting or already saturated so there's nowhere for this water to go once the creeks reach the lip of the banks.  It just turns into a flooding threat," said Adkins.

There is a decent chance for snow in southeast Ohio for a few hours before the snow changes to all rain according to the StormTracker meteorologists, but high water will be the primary concern for residents.  Drivers are urged to remember the National Weather Service's flood safety slogan, "Turn Around, Don't Drown," if they encounter water on the area roads at any point.  

After Wednesday, the focus turns to what could be a rather large storm brewing for Sunday.

"The key to the weekend storm is that we need to get through this one first before models will really grasp what's going to occur next.  The current feel is that the worst of that storm should be north and east of us, but we'll stay on top of it all week long and dive into greater details once we get past this current flood threat," said Adkins.


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