Freezing rain is now expected to hit Louisville around 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The biggest threat to Louisville will be from 3 p.m. to midnight this afternoon, John Gordon, a representative for the Louisville Weather Service, said during an ice storm update held by Mayor Greg Fischer on Thursday morning.
“My friends, if you don’t need to be at rush hour, don’t,” Gordon said.
Gordon predicts that overnight the storm will turn to light snow and freezing drizzle, ending before daybreak tomorrow. The total ice accumulation should be about a quarter inch of ice, but the worst case is a third inch.
The Louisville Metro Snow Team has already begun applying salt to city roads, Fischer said. The city has “a lot of salt” in its preserves, he said.
Like power outages are an imminent threat, an LG&E representative also provided an update.
The power company has 600 line workers and technicians across the state to help deal with the storm, Natasha Collins said. Additional crews are also heading “this way,” she said.
Find out what to do in the event of a power outage here.
Fischer said the city has refuges available identified for residents when needed. There are currently white flag shelters open to homeless people. These include:
- Wayside Christian Mission at 432 E. Jefferson St.
- St. Vincent de Paul (for men) at 1034 S. Jackson St.
- Salvation Army Center (open daytime) at 911 S. Brook St.
Residents can also call a single point of entry at 637-2337 to reserve a bed at a shelter.
TARC currently driving on its winter roads. They are available at ridetarc.org.
city ground COVID test The Churchill Downs site and its indoor sites are closed today. The UofL drive-thru testing site at Brook and Liberty streets will close at noon and open tomorrow at 10 a.m.
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