Still Cold, But Better Weather on the Way
Area residents are waking up to another day of the polar vortex cold; but things are going to get better and warmer according to the National Weather Service at Paducah, Ky.
Forecasters are calling for less than desirable conditions tonight, but today and Friday will be much better than Wednesday, as winds will be much calmer and temperatures will climb into the upper 20s this afternoon. However, wind chills will be a factor through the middle of the morning today, especially where fresh snow fell overnight.
Most of the Tri-state only received a heavy dusting of snow overnight, it was enough to make some roadways slick and hazardous. Local motorists will want to keep that in mind this morning as they travel to work, school or other appointments.
Drivers are reminded to leave extra room between vehicles, and slow down, not only when approaching intersections, but on the roadways as well. Also be sure to leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and vehicles in front of you.
The Weather service says we will likely see a light wintry mix between midnight tonight and daybreak Friday. That could include snow and freezing rain.
Locally, the snow and recent rains have caused area rivers to jump out of their banks.
Here in Carmi, the Little Wabash River measured 29.2 feet Wednesday night. Flood stage is 27 feet. The Little Wabash is expected to fall below flood stage by Saturday night.
The Wabash River at New Harmony is also above flood stage. It measured 16.8 feet Wednesday. Flood stage at New Harmony is 15 feet. The Wabash is expected to fall below flood stage by Sunday evening.