Central and northeast IL will be under a winter weather advisory from 6 p.m. until midnight, with freezing rain, snow and sleet expected, the weather service said. Additionally, any wet surfaces will rapidly freeze as a sharp temperature drop of 30 to 40 degrees occurs in just a few hours.
So forecasters cautioned that any travel problems that develop today may linger into Saturday.
In its latest forecast, the National Weather Service is calling from 2 to 5 inches.
Lexington could see a mix of ice and snow as temperatures fall on Friday from a storm expected to drop flakes on all of Kentucky, according to the National Weather Service. Friday's high is expected to be 32 degrees, falling to an overnight low of 14.
A Winter Weather Advisory means total snow and sleet accumulations of up to one inch and ice accumulations of a light glaze are expected.
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Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high around 26 and a low of 9.
Advisories in other parts of the state run Thursday night into Friday morning and note possible light accumulations from precipitation that will start as rain before transitioning into a wintry mix of sleet, freezing rain and snow. About 3 to 4 inches is expected for the Elizabethtown area and up to a quarter inch of ice. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible. The Lake Cumberland area will also have to deal with some minor ice accumulations. Snow will be around through mid-afternoon, at least on the east side. A southwest to northeast oriented band of heavy snow will likely set up, with freezing rain accumulating to the east of the heavy snow band.
Are we getting ready to have a big ice snow storm, or is it all going to blow out with the wind? Low around 21. North northwest wind around 15 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 25 miles per hour. We will continue to track this storm as it reaches Kentuckiana and have team coverage from the First Alert StormTeam into the upcoming weekend.
Paducah NWS meteorologist Rick Shanklin said returning Murray State students should wait as late as Sunday to travel back to the region.