After hours of rainfall Wednesday, the already-high Ohio River is expected to reach flood stage Thursday. River Road is now closed between Third and Eighth streets.
One week after civil defense sirens failed to sound during a tornado watch in Louisville, MetroSafe says all mechanical systems are functioning properly. According to MetroSafe executive Director Doug Hamilton all 123 sirens were working properly, though three did not sound due to power issues.
There is less than an inch of rain in the forecast for Tuesday night and possibly a half inch for Wednesday. The water level is expected to drop slightly before the rainfall.
The test comes a week after emergency sirens failed to sound in Louisville during a tornado warning, and the city will participate in the test.
It’s possible a technical malfunction caused MetroSafe radios to miss the National Weather Service tornado bulletin and sound the sirens. However, some city officials and citizens have asked why the sirens were not manually activated by a MetroSafe employee.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Brian Schoettmer says it’s unlikely any more blasts of northern arctic air will hit the region anytime soon. He says as long as the skies remain relatively clear, high temperatures will stay in the 50s and 60s through the weekend.
With bad weather in the forecast, Jefferson County Public Schools will not provide transoprtation for today’s half-day afternoon early childhood classes.
In a statement released Wednesday morning, JCPS said the classes will be open, but no transportation will be provided.
The National Weather Service in Paducah says parts of Marshall County were hit with eight to ten inches. As the storm moves east, other parts of the state may get between two and four inches, and northern Kentucky may have half an inch of accumulation or less.
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.
The crews were sent to Cincinnati and Dayton Wednesday, where this week’s winter storm was more destructive than it was in Louisville. Spokesperson Brian Phillips says most of LG&E’s crews, however, will remain in Kentucky.