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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A winter storm warning is in effect for the entire WAVE 3 News viewing area until Monday afternoon.

A powerful winter storm is bearing down on Kentuckiana today and will cause widespread impacts across the entire area. This morning we're seeing rain change to freezing rain in Southern Indiana and that trend will continue southward through the day.

A break in precipitation is possible by mid afternoon before more arrives this evening as sleet and snow for the Metro area and ice south of Elizabethtown. Eventually we'll all flip over to snow and that will continue into early Monday before tapering off in most areas before noon.

Ice accumulations up to a half inch are possible in the Louisville Metro with up to three quarters of an inch of ice down toward Hart, Green, Taylor, and Adair Counties. Isolated one inch ice reports aren't out of the question. Counties not bordering the Ohio River in Southern Indiana will see ice accumulations up to a quarter inch.

Snow accumulations late Sunday into early Monday will total 5-7" along the Ohio River, including Louisville, with a band of 8" or more south of the city and north of the Bluegrass/Western Kentucky Parkways. South of the parkways amounts will lessen to 5-7" from Grayson to Marion Counties and 2-4" where the heaviest ice will be in Hart, Green, Taylor, and Adair Counties. Southern Indiana counties not bordering the Ohio River will see 2-4" of snow.

Gusty winds and falling temperatures tonight will aggravate the icing situation and cause potentially widespread power outages where there are greater ice accumulations. Hazardous driving conditions are expected by early this afternoon as ice accumulates in earnest and will become treacherous by Monday morning with snow falling and temperatures dropping into the teens.

Once the snow exits by midday Monday we'll see highs in the 20s for both Monday and Tuesday with some sunshine returning by Tuesday. Temperatures will finally climb into the 40s and 50s by the end of the work week.

FORECAST

Today: WINTER STORM, Rain to freezing rain to sleet. Temperatures falling into the 20s.
TIMING (forecast for Louisville as of 9:40 a.m. Sunday)
Now to 6 p.m. - Freezing Rain (accumulation: 0.25" to 0.50")
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. - Sleet (accumulation: 1" to 2")
10 p.m. to 7 a.m. - Snow (accumulation: 4" to 7")

Tonight: Sleet to heavy snow, hazardous roads. Breezy. Low: 17°

Monday: Snow early and cold. High: 23°

Tuesday: Partly sunny. High: 27° Low: 8°

Everyone in the viewing area should be prepared for the worst. For a printable checklist of emergency supplies, click here. As power outages are imminent, Louisville Metrosafe urges people to make plans to leave your homes if needed.

To report an outage in your area, contact your utilities company. To view LG&E and KU's Outage map, click here. To view power outages for Duke Energy, click here. For Clark County REMC outages, click here.

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