Mike Callahan with the National Weather Service says he was surprised by the amount of rain that fell in Louisville Wednesday afternoon, which is the main cause for the current flooding.
MetroSafe Director Doug Hamilton says there was confusion among emergency management supervisors who, “overly relied” on a National Weather Service radio system that issued the warning. The warning
was not picked up by MetroSafe and as a result no sirens were sounded.
The temperature is in the upper 30’s this morning, but it’s expected to drop to near freezing in the next couple hours. As that happens, the light rain will change over to snow. The snow isn’t expected to be heavy, but it could range from 1-2 inches. Most of the snow accumulation will be on grass and elevated surfaces, but roads and overpasses might become slushy.
Much of the country is bracing for a massive winter storm today. In Chicago, forecasters expect snowfall at the rate of 3 inches an hour, combined with blizzard force winds. Louisville will get off lightly, by comparison.
A major winter storm is making its way across the country. It’s expected to drop a foot of snow or more in some places, but the effects in Louisville might not be so dramatic.
There’s been some light snow across the Louisville metro this morning, but snow will intensify this afternoon into this evening. The National Weather Service predicts 3-4 inches of snow by nightfall.
Ryan Sharp with the National Weather Service says the heavier burst of snow will begin Thursday afternoon. Forecasters are predicting total accumulations of four to six inches by midnight.
Forecasters are predicting two and four inches of snow for the Louisville area Tuesday. After that, a cold front will come through, bringing winds and frigid temperatures for much of the week. National Weather Service meteorologist John Denman says the snow and cold is the latest in what has been a surprisingly chilly and wet winter.
Meteorologist John Denman says temperatures on Christmas Day will only be in the 20s, with snow flurries or light snow possible.
In its latest statement, the National Weather Service predicts patches of light freezing rain or freezing drizzle will continue through the late morning and into the afternoon hours. This follows more significant ice accumulations overnight.