Heavy rain is beginning to fall across much of the area, leading to some localized flooding in several counties. Flood Warnings are already out for most of the area through later this afternoon. A Flood Watch continues for everyone through tomorrow night. A Winter Storm Warning goes into effect later today for most of the area. The rain will start to transition to freezing rain/sleet and snow by later this evening, generally between 8 p.m. and midnight. Keep it locked to WYMT for updates.
In less than one week ... Division of Forestry Firefighters have battled dozens of fires in Southeastern Kentucky alone.
Thousands of acres have already burned.
Brandon Howard works for the Kentucky Division of Forestry.
He says this is not your typical spring season for fires.
Once the blazes are gone, they come back.
"The winds picked up and it blew the embers across the control lines... then it started fire there. So we had to put another control line up. This is happening very often in our district with the winds and the temperatures the way they are," said Howard.
Officials say conditions are perfect for flames start up again even after they put out a fire.
Several counties in the Cumberland Valley Region are under a burning ban.
"That's created a situation that makes woods very flamable. It puts all of our fire fighters on the line," said Michael Silliman with Kentucky Division of Forestry.
Forestry leaders say the majority of fires are arson.
If folks are caught officials say there are serious consequence.
If you have a tip for officials concerning a fire you can call the arson tip hotline at 1 800-ARSON.