Tuesday, March 3, 2015

County braces for winter storm

Crittenden County is bracing for yet another winter storm predicted to bring sleet and heavy snowfall.

Earlier today, Judge-Executive Perry Newcom and local emergency personnel joined in a conference call with Kentucky Emergency Management outlining what is expected across the state and locally.

According to National Weather Service out of Louisville, the deteriorating weather will start with rains this afternoon that will grow heavier throughout the night. A transition to a sleet and snow mix is forecast to start around 7 a.m. Wednesday. By 1 p.m., the mix should turn to snow with a chance of 1 to 2 inches per hour at the peak of the storm with wind gusts up to 20 mph.

"We should have up to 6-plus inches of snow total and possibly 8 to 12, depending on the timing of the transition to all snow," said Newcom. "Arctic air will follow and lows could be 0 to below 0 Friday morning."

The courthouse will be open as a warming center and storm shelter throughout the event. The emergency operations center on Industrial Drive will be open beginning Wednesday morning and will be coordinating all relief and assistance efforts.