It's been 12 years since we've heard the phrase "ice storm warning," but it's back, whether we like it or not.

The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning for a large section of the Commonwealth include most of western Kentucky.

In the WBKR coverage area, Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, and Union Counties are under a winter weather advisory. The rest of our western Kentucky are included in the ice storm warning:

...Prolonged wintry precipitation event expected later Tonight
through Thursday...

.A significant wintry precipitation event is expected to return
across the Quad State later tonight and persist through Thursday.
At this time, significant and dangerous ice accumulations are
expected by Thursday morning, especially over parts of west
Kentucky, the southern tip of Illinois, and the Delta region of
southeast Missouri. However, notable ice accumulation is possible
over the remainder of southern Illinois, southeast Missouri, and
southwest Indiana.
...ICE STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 6 PM CST
THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Significant icing expected. Total ice accumulations of
  two tenths to a half inch possible with the highest amounts
  along the southern portions of the Kentucky Pennyrile and
  Purchase Area. Additionally, up to a quarter inch of sleet is
  possible Thursday.

* WHERE...Along and south of a line extending from Doniphan,
  Missouri, northeastward to Eddyville, Illinois, then eastward
  to Calhoun, Kentucky.

* WHEN...From midnight tonight to 6 PM CST Thursday with most of
  the precipitation occurring Wednesday night through Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Power outages and tree damage are possible due to the
  ice. Hazardous travel conditions are expected and could impact
  the morning or evening commute.
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For the counties under the winter weather advisory, here's what the National Weather Service is saying:

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO
6 PM CST THURSDAY...

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations of
  up to one inch and ice accumulations of one tenth to two tenths
  of an inch. Some sleet is possible Thursday.

* WHERE...Along and north of a line extending from Elsinore,
  Missouri, northeastward to Harrisburg, Illinois, then eastward
  to Owensboro, Kentucky.

* WHEN...From midnight tonight to 6 PM CST Thursday.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery and dangerous road conditions. The
  hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening
  commute.

 

Needless to say, the National Weather Service is advising against traveling in this kind of weather. But if you must, keep an extra flashlight, some food and water, and a blanket, in case of an emergency. Also, power outages will be possible.

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