Potential icy roads for the morning commute

Freezing rain, flooding concerns & snow coming

A Freezing Rain Advisory, a Flood Watch, and a Winter Storm Watch have been issued for parts of the Tri-State in advance of a front that could deliver more than an inch of rain. Read more here.

**A 9 First Weather Alert Day has been issued for Wednesday** See snow details below.

It’s going to be an extremely active weather period through Thursday as freezing rain, flood concerns and accumulating snow hit the Tri-State.

This morning, light freezing rain could sweep into areas from northern Kentucky and to the north. While this is NOT a widespread outbreak, there is a very real possibility of icy roads, bridges or overpasses in select locations. A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY is out from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Rain will increase through Tuesday as the temps climb too. Highs will hit near 50 degrees late in the day or evening as the rain becomes heavy. Localized flash flooding could take place. This would be ponding of roadways, parking areas of other low lying areas.

A FLOOD WATCH begins from Tuesday at 7 p.m. and will continue until 2 p.m. Wednesday. We will see 1 inch to 1.5 inches of rain that will likely cause these issues. The counties included in the flood watch are shown below in GREEN.

Flood watch 7 p.m. Tue - 2 p.m. Wed

WEDNESDAY - 9 FIRST WARNING WEATHER ALERT DAY: We will start Wednesday morning with rain showers here in the Tri-State.  But as temperatures fall, this will turn to snow. A WINTER STORM WATCH has been expanded here in the Tri-State early this morning.  It now includes Cincinnati. You can see the full map below.

The heaviest snow with this system will fall in northern Kentucky and into southern Ohio (east of Cincinnati). Currently the NWS places 6-9 inches of snow possible in this area. The latest morning weather model data coming in supports snowfall on the higher end of that range if not more.

I would anticipate this number gets bumped up today. Closer to Cincinnati, we too will receive heavy snow Wednesday night.  On the lowest end of the data available, I'm seeing 4-6 inches of snow in Cincinnati, but the higher amounts cannot be ruled out and will have to be discussed today. Our official snow forecast on this event will come out later today but do know that this is going to have a large impact. Get those snow blowers and shovels ready!

´╗┐A winter storm watch begins at noon Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday´╗┐

Thursday morning still could see light snow falling too, perhaps impeding the morning rush hour.

FORECAST TIMELINE:

TUESDAY

7 a.m. - 11 a.m. Chances for isolated icy areas

11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Rain, heavy at times

5 p.m. - 12 a.m. Rain, heavy at times

WEDNESDAY

12 a.m. - 8 a.m. Areas of rain, heavy at times, flooding possible

8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Possible wintry mix with rain

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Likely wintry mix with rain

1 p.m. - 6 p.m. Snow begins and turns heavier toward the evening drive

MORNING RUSH
Cloudy Skies
Freezing rain develops between 6-7 a.m.
Low: 27
 
TUESDAY
Morning freezing rain possible
Heavy afternoon rain, Ponding of low lying areas
High: 50
 
TUESDAY NIGHT
Rain showers continue
Temperatures fall
Low: 32
 
WEDNESDAY (Weather Alert Day)
Morning rain, wintry mix develops
Afternoon snow, heavy snow expected
High Mid 30s dropping into the afternoon
 

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