Travelers Alert for Hidden Ice

Travelers Alert for Hidden Ice

The Monday night-Tuesday winter storm has passed leaving behind streams near flood stage and in parts of Kentucky and Ohio ice laden trees. While no new snow or ice accumulation is expected, a fresh dusting of snow is likely once or twice through Thursday night as flurries come and go on occasion.

With rain and melting snow water still seeping into local streams, creeks and small rivers are running high and near flood stage. These small creeks can overflow their banks and create some nuisance high water into Thursday.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Little Sandy and Tygarts Creek through Carter and Greenup Counties Kentucky had spilled out of their banks. Road closures were reported in spots by police dispatch along Route 1. No homes were threatened.

Likewise some nuisance high water was realized along the East Fork of the Little Sandy in Boyd County Kentucky at the intersection of Routes 3 and 181. Here water was lapping onto the Boyd County Community Center parking lot.

All small streams will be settling down on Thursday as cold and dry weather returns. But a word of caution, any road that was covered by water will have a thin film of ice on top after the waters recede.

Rises on the Mighty Ohio and Great Kanawha looked to be nothing abnormal for a wet weather system in winter.

The main concern will focus on black ice being hidden by a dusting of snow. This will make anywhere that appeared wet on Wednesday a candidate for slick travel.

So a word to the wise, be prepared for ice whether on foot or by car as the latest surge of arctic air takes hold.


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