Freezing Rain Could Cause More Travel Trouble

By: Brandon Orr
By: Brandon Orr

Patchy freezing rain could lead to black ice for the morning commute.

We're tracking rain moving across Kentucky on PinPoint Doppler. The showers will move into eastern Kentucky tonight.

Pavement temperatures are hovering around freezing, even after being exposed to a bit of sunshine on Thursday. Shaded areas are slightly colder. In addition, the air temperature will fall into the mid 30s with a few locations reaching the low 30s. These two factors will combine to create patchy black ice on roadways overnight into the morning commute on Friday.

Drivers are urged to take it slow if traveling as they may stumble upon icy roadways that have been shaded. This will especially be the case on roads that have not been treated.

Below is one of several computer models that we look at when developing the forecast. This specific one is the Candian Model. Green shows rain, pink is freezing rain, and (you guessed it) blue is snow.  The pink across eastern Kentucky is the model picking up on temperatures around freezing in some of the valleys with patchy freezing rain. The Canadian Model did well earlier this month with the freezing rain that left slick roadways for the morning commute.

Stay with WYMT for updates overnight into Friday morning.

-Meteorologist Brandon Orr (Connect on Facebook)


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