The National Weather Service in Paducah held another emergency manager conference call Thursday morning in advance of the approaching winter storm.
Winter Storm warnings are in effect from midnight through 9 p.m. Friday for the southern Pennyrile region and forecaster Dan Spaeth says the freezing temperature line will creep across Trigg, Christian and Todd counties through the early morning hours.
Spaeth says the concern over an ice storm type event has grown as the cold air arrives quicker than anticipated and our area could see up to three quarters of an inch of ice accumulation, resulting in some scattered power outages and hazardous driving conditions.
Spaeth says areas of western Kentucky south of the Western Kentucky Parkway are the likeliest to see significant ice accumulations in the storm.
Another winter weather system will move across the area Saturday night and Sunday morning and Spaeth says that event could bring another quarter inch of freezing rain accumulation to the southern Pennyrile.
Stay tuned to the WHOP family of stations for the latest on this developing weather situation and watch our Facebook page and websites for the latest information on the the weather and on closings and cancellations.
Due to impending severe weather, the City of Hopkinsville announced the 2013 Christmas Parade has been rescheduled.
City officials say the parade has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 14th at 10 a.m. and this year’s parade route will start at Glass Avenue and North Main Street and continue south on Main Street to 16th Street.
The theme for this year’s parade is Peace on Earth and will be followed by numerous events including; Christmas at the Bend from 1 to 3pm at Jeffers Bend, Christmas Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Christian County Public Library, Pennyrile Polar Express at 4 p.m. at Founder’s Square and a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. at Founder’s Square.
Those who have registered to participate in the parade are asked to contact the Division of Parks and Recreation at 270-887-4290 to confirm their plans to participate on December 14th.
South of the state line, the National Weather Service in Nashville has issued an ice storm warning for Montgomery and Stewart counties.
The warning begins 9 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight Friday night. Forecasters say ice accumulations of up to a half inch there will cause downed trees and power lines and hazardous driving conditions.
That warning also includes Houston, Benton and Humphreys Counties.
Elkton's Christmas parade has been postponed by the winter storm.
Mayor Nancy Camp says instead of Friday night, the Elkton Christmas parade will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, December 14. It will follow the same route as planned. Other scheduled Christmas in Elkton activities will also be held December 14.
Residents of the southern Pennyrile have been taking the winter storm warning seriously and area grocery stores are busy.
Elkton Food Giant manager Brent Spurlin says business started to pick up Wednesday, but he expected it to get busier as the storm approached.
Spurlin says milk and bread are always the popular winter storm items, but anything that can be eaten without being cooked goes quickly.
He says hamburger meat and other items that can be grilled in the case of a power outage have also been popular.