TRACKING: Flood Watch, Winter Weather Advisory issued for region

TRACKING: Flood Watch, Winter Weather Advisory issued for region

There has been a downed tree and powerline blocking U.S. 45 between Water Valley and Fulton, crews hope to have the tree removed by noon.

Through 3 p.m. Thursday, temperatures will stay in the upper 50s and top out around 60. From 1 to 2 inches of snow are possible.

Ice and sleet as well as reduced visibility are expected to make travel conditions risky Friday morning.

The storm is expected to gradually end on Friday.

Tuesday, a chance of snow showers.

About 12:40 p.m., the temperature at O'Hare International Airport reached 58, just 3 degrees shy of the record high temperature for January 11 of 61 degrees, which was set in 1880, according to the National Weather Service in Romeoville.

"The transition from rain to the ice will be tricky", he said.

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Waves of heavy rain will continue for the rest of today and through the overnight. The quick drop in temperature and rain followed by snow could very well create a repeat of earlier in the week with hazardous road conditions around the area. The temperature is expected to warm slowly, starting on Martin Luther King Jr. Forecasters caution drivers to take it slow during the evening commute. Some power outages and tree damage may occur due to ice accumulation.

From a blizzard to a rain to snow.welcome to winter in New England!

The cold is expected to hang around through Tuesday and Wednesday, when a clipper system moves eastward into the region. The day will start with partly sunny skies, but rain is expected to start by late afternoon.

Overview: A Winter Storm Warning (northern Bluegrass area, including Lexington) and a Winter Weather Advisory (South-Central and Southeast Kentucky, including Richmond and Jackson) has been issued for the ABC 36 viewing area. In Hancock and Washington counties, the flood watch extends from Friday afternoon though Sunday morning.

It was the deep freeze during the last week of the month that really lowered the average temperature to levels far below normal. New precipitation amounts between a half and three-quarters of an inch possible.

There will be two chances for snow, the second one being more substantial than the first. Mild temperatures and heavy rain could cause the ice to break up and form ice jams.

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