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9:21AM - Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
9:15AM - 21.5" of snow reported in Radcliff, KY (Hardin Co).
9:00AM - Little Jarrett can't believe the 3-foot snow drift outside the door in Elizabethtown! (Photo from Jessica)
8:58AM - Our newsroom confirms that I-65 in Hardin County has been shut down as the National Guard has been activated to rescue motorists that have been stranded for about 8 hours now.
8:49AM - Latest snow reports...
Buckner (Oldham Co, KY): 11.0"
Taylorsville (Spencer Co, KY): 16.3"
East Louisville: 8.3"
La Grange (Oldham Co, KY): 9.0"
Shepherdsville (Bullitt Co, KY): 16.0"
Elizabethtown (Hardin Co, KY): 21.0"
Hardinsburg (Breckinridge Co, KY): 22.0"
8:39AM - What a difference a day makes. 24 hours between photos from Kelley Byerly in Marysville, IN!
8:31AM - More Southern Indiana Counties are under a Travel Watch status now. It's worth noting that Indiana handles Travel Advisories, Watches, and Warnings differently than Kentucky. It's not that conditions are worse here, it's just a different designation.
8:19AM - Just got a report of 22" of snow in Spencer County near Taylorsville Lake.
8:16AM - UPS Airlines now has 9.5" on the ground with 0.2" in the past hour.
8:11AM - Jason just sent this in from Spencer County. This is what it looked like when he opened his garage door this morning!
8:05AM - Have received a couple of reports saying the National Guard has been called in to help drivers stranded on I-65 near E-Town.
8:03AM - 7" here at the station, 10" at the airport, 12" at the NWS office on Smyrna Road, and 15" in SE Louisville. Big range of snow totals even here in the city!
7:41AM - Take it easy when shoveling snow today. This is "heart attack" snow because it's so heavy. Overexertion can lead to injury!
7:37AM - With 10" of snow on the ground officially in Louisville it's now been since February 1998 since we've had that much!
7:31AM - The snow is on track to taper off here in Louisville around 8am. Areas south and east of the city continue to be pounded by remaining snow bands. This will all come to an end around midday.
7:25AM - Look at how things are in Mt. Washington. Lots of shoveling to do before anyone gets on the road! Thanks to Hannah Cooke for this photo.
7:23AM - Official Louisville area snow totals.
7:15AM - Perhaps the highest totals in Louisville are now being reported in SE Jefferson County. Just got a report of 15" in the Fisherville area, just outside of the Gene Snyder near the Spencer County line.
7:11AM - 19.2" reported in Vine Grove, KY with 2 foot drifts.
7:07AM - Cars are buried in Whitfield, KY (Spencer Co) per Charlotte Freeman's photo. Wow!
7:05AM - Reports of folks who are stuck on I-65 south near E-Town now getting out of their cars to dig out.
7:04AM - Bowling Green, KY has 7" of snow now.
7:01AM - Took a little breather outside to have a fun moment. :) -RH
7:00AM - UPS Airlines now reports 9.5" on the ground at their facility with 0.25" over the past hour.
6:40AM - Lee Ann from PRP just sent in this photo. Looks like they're snowed in!
6:37AM - Mike Barrow sent in this photo from Elizabethtown. Somebody get mike a hefty snow brush and a scraper!
6:33AM - Another incredible picture from Vine Grove. This one is from Jeff and Cindy Doub. 18" reported there so far... possibly closer to 20" by this point.
6:27AM - The last snow band is moving into Metro Louisville. It may put down an additional inch of snow here in the metro area before it exits around 8am. It'll still take until just before noon to dispense with the snow southeast of the city. Heaviest snow now from Green to Marion Counties.
6:23AM - Some folks stuck on I-65 south near E-Town have been there for HOURS. Roadway is blocked and folks are running out of gas and food.
6:17AM - Latest snow reports...
Elk Creek (Spencer Co): 15"
Mt. Washington: 18"
6:10AM - 19" just reported in Elizabethtown via Facebook.
6:05AM - Chandra Lee near Radcliff sent us this photo. Look at those cars!!! 18-20" of snow reported down there.
5:54AM- We're starting to see the back edge of the snow move through our Southern Indiana counties. There's another heavy band from Perry to Scott County, IN that will move through Louisville around 6:30-7:00am and then snow should exit Louisville around 8:00am. Should be done with the snow for all by 11:00am.
5:40AM - Not many power outages in Kentucky at the moment. Thank goodness. Likely due to more light, powdery snow falling now that doesn't stick as easily to trees and powerlines.
5:25AM - Chris McGill sends in this photo from I-264 West in West Louisville (Georgia Powers Expressway). Plow crews trying to get a handle on the situation!
5:21AM - Crawford, Harrison, and Floyd Counties are under a Travel WARNING. Don't go out if you don't have to! Even 4x4 vehicles are having trouble, especially in Kentucky.
5:14AM - Duke from Falls of the Rough just sent in this picture. 19"!
4:53AM - Report of nearly 12" of snow in Crescent Hill with some side roads being impassable to plows there.
4:51AM - Charles in Mt. Washington reports 16" of snow via our #WAVE3Snow hashtag on Twitter.
4:49AM - UPS Airlines just picked up 0.5" over the past hour, confirming our suspicions of 1/2"/hr snowfall rates. Their total is now up to 8.6".
4:40AM - AVOID I-65 SOUTH: 65 south just before E-Town is closed due to numerous jackknifed semis. Motorists are stranded.
4:36AM - Two distinct bands of snow on radar now. One along/south of the river in Louisville and another from Leitchfield to E-Town to Bardstown. The second one is stronger with higher snowfall rates.
4:30AM - Chris McGill reports that I-65 south of Louisville through E-Town to Cave City is "extremely bad" with jackknifed semis and traffic at a standstill in areas.
4:24AM - Just measured about 6" here at the station in Downtown Louisville with snowfall rates still about 0.5"/hr. Totals increase as you head southward in the city. Just got a report of 16" of snow in Shelbyville.
4:04AM - Parts of Westport Road are shut down according to a report.
4:00AM - 13" on the ground in E-Town with 15-18" drifts.
3:51AM - 6.4" of snow reported in New Albany.
3:49AM - NWS Louisville is beginning to look at the possibility of roof collapses for folks north of the Bluegrass Parkway. We're getting that much snow there.
3:47AM - UPS Airlines reports 8.0" at their location with 0.6" of new snow over the past hour.
3:30AM - STARTING AT 4:00AM: Live, team coverage of this historic winter storm on WAVE 3 News Sunrise. We'll have crews out and about as well as a team of meteorologists giving you the latest on what to expect!
3:27AM - Incredible photo just in from Vine Grove, KY via Pamela on our Facebook page. 18" of snow reported there and it's still snowing like crazy.
3:24AM - Lawrence, Jackson, and Jennings Counties are no longer under a Winter Weather Advisory.
3:22AM - 11" of snow in Worthington Hills (NE Louisville). It's snowing so hard again in Louisville that you can barely make out the skyline from our Jeffersonville-Sheraton SkyTrack Camera! The north edge of the aforementioned snow band has crept into the city.
3:21AM - Louisville has already tied for the 10th snowiest March on record with the current snow measurement at the airport. We'll definitely rise through the rankings with subsequent measurements this morning.
3:17AM - We are still getting absolutely rocked by heavy to moderate snow, especially south of Louisville. The city is experiencing an uptick in snowfall rates now as the northern edge of an enhanced band moves through the city.
3:12AM - Vine Grove now reports 18" of snow. We have our first foot-and-a-half accumulation!
3:09AM - 9" reported in Jeffersontown now, 9" in Valley Station, 11" at Falls of the Rough in Breckinridge Co, KY, and 14" in Frankfort.
3:04AM - YOUR REPORTS: 17" in Shepherdsville, just shy of 17" in Radcliff. This snow band is still going strong.
2:53AM - 10.0" of snow reported in Meade Co, KY in Ekron.
2:52AM - When will the snow end? Futurecast has it out of our area by 10:30am, with it exiting Louisville by 8am. Several more hours of moderate to heavy snow to go!
2:31AM - Some of the latest discussion here in the office... Our thinking is that areas just south of Metro Louisville, in the white shade of our snow forecast map above, may see totals of 20 or more inches now. 20 or more inches. This renewed band of snow (see radar below) isn't playing around. Shepherdsville and Radcliff are already closing in on a foot and half of snow. -RH
2:20AM - Latest snow total reports...
Jasper (Dubois Co, IN) - 5.0"
Salem (Washington Co, IN) - 7.0"
Madison (Jefferson Co, IN) - 4.0"
Paoli (Orange Co, IN) - 7.0"
Radcliff (Hardin Co, KY) - 16.0"
Shepherdsville (Bullitt Co, KY) - 15.0"
2:07AM - A renewed band of snow near Owensboro is trending a bit farther north than the current one south of Louisville. This one may track into South Louisville and, once again, into areas just south of the city that have been hit hard by snow already.
2:00AM - A record snowfall of 8.3" was set at Louisville, KY (Louisville International) yesterday, March 4th. This breaks the old record of 3.1 set in 1917.
1:51AM - We've tied the 10th snowiest March ever already in Louisville with 9.4".
1:23AM - If you are flying from SDF call your airline. The snow may be done by morning but your plane may not have been able to get in to SDF. www.flylouisville.com
1:17AM - 13.5" reported to us in Shepherdsville just now. Wow!
1:00AM- as of 1AM the total snowfall for Louisville International was 9.4"
12:55AM- FORECAST UPDATE - Radar trends continue to indicate heavy snow bands south of the Ohio River. These will continue to produce snowfall rates 1-2" per hour. One band put down more than 2" per hour in part of Breckinridge, Meade & Hardin Cos., KY earlier. The heaviest snow will continue pushing south of Louisville between now & 3AM. Eventually, the lighter snow that southern Indiana is now experiencing will cross the river. However, another couple of inches still possible for Louisville and 3 to 6 additional inches possible in central Kentucky.
12:51AM- Rumors of plane sliding off runway at Louisville International are just that... RUMORS. This is not true according to Regional Airport Authority & UPS.
12:41AM- The snow is starting to ease across southern Indiana.
That trend will eventually push near the Ohio River. Heavy snow continues across many of the counties that we serve in Kentucky.
12:35AM- More impressive snow totals
8.4" Louisville NWS Theiler Lane & Gene Snyder
11.0" Hardinsburg, KY
12.0" Irvington, KY
12.0" Vine Grove, KY
12:09AM- Most roads across the region look like these.
12:03AM- You saw it on WAVE 3 News at 11PM - A Boil Water Advisory has been issued in New Albany due to a broken water main valve. Indiana American Water issued the advisory at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday after a valve blew off of a 12 inch water main near the intersection of 8th and Market Streets. The company is recommending customers who live west of 5th Street and south of Spring Street to boil all drinking and cooking water for three minutes before use.
12:00AM- Here's how much has fallen in Meade Co., KY near Guston.
11:58PM- Highest snow total (so far) plenty more to come... 11.5" in Custer, KY (Breckinridge Co., KY)
11:52PM- KY Transportation Cabinet says the likelihood of being stranded along I-65 from Munfordville to Lebanon Junction is high. Traffic is at a standstill!
11:43PM- Here's a look at what we've been predicting since last Friday! Hopefully you're a WAVE 3 News & Weather fan... we have a great team of professional meteorologists - accuracy is king! These maps show our forecast for the past several days. Others will claim to be the most accurate... we'll prove it!
11:42PM- Power starting to flicker in Breckinridge County. Heavy snow is falling.
11:24PM- We've received several hundred of your reports. We appreciate them!
11:04PM- Heavy snow rates (1"+ per hour) will continue pushing east!
10:59PM- WAVE 3 News at 11PM starts right now. We have team coverage on the Winter Storm that continues to impact the region. Motorists are at a standstill and the snow keeps falling.
10:54PM- WAVE 3 News... Expect More. Right Now.
10:36 PM- Snow totals from the National Weather Service
0943 PM SNOW 3 NE LOUISVILLE 38.25N 85.70W 03/04/2015 E5.0 INCH JEFFERSON KY PUBLIC
1000 PM HEAVY SNOW 1 NE FAIRDALE 38.12N 85.74W 03/04/2015 E5.0 INCH JEFFERSON KY PUBLIC
1003 PM HEAVY SNOW 1 E CORYDON 38.22N 86.10W 03/04/2015 E7.0 INCH HARRISON IN PUBLIC
1007 PM HEAVY SNOW 1 NNW SELLERSBURG 38.40N 85.76W 03/04/2015 M6.0 INCH CLARK IN PUBLIC
1010 PM SNOW 1 NNW JEFFERSONVILLE 38.32N 85.73W 03/04/2015 M4.1 INCH CLARK IN NWS EMPLOYEE
1012 PM HEAVY SNOW 2 NW READY 37.38N 86.49W 03/04/2015 E5.0 INCH GRAYSON KY PUBLIC
1015 PM SNOW 4 SW LEITCHFIELD 37.44N 86.34W 03/04/2015 E5.2 INCH GRAYSON KY PUBLIC
1027 PM HEAVY SNOW CLOVERPORT 37.83N 86.63W 03/04/2015 M7.0 INCH BRECKINRIDGE KY PUBLIC
10:24 PM - Snowfall forecast map updated above.
10:20 PM- KY Transportation Cabinet: Roads mostly or completely covered in much of the viewing area. Snow continues to cover up progress by plows.
10:01 PM- Area Interstates are a mess... our news crew is on 71 near downtown in the Junction.
9:57 PM- Metro Louisville: There will be no curbside yard waste, recycling or bulk (junk) waste collection on 3-5-15 due to weather conditions
9:55 PM- The following routes are closed in District 5 due to water over the roadway:
-KY 61 (Preston Highway) in two locations between mile points 9 & 10 and 12 & 13
-KY 1116 (Zoneton Road) near Sunshine Camp Road, mile point 4.0
-KY 480 at mile point 10
-KY 2885 (Bowman Lane) at the bridge over Simpson Creek, mile point 2.6
-KY 2871 (Connector Road) near the Little Kentucky River, mile point 0.2
9:53 PM - TRAFFIC ALERT: Western KY Pkwy WB in Muhlenberg Co at MM 53 is closed due to a semi truck stuck in the road.
9:46 PM- 7 inches of snow reported at Louisville International Airport
9:39 PM - Floyd County has declared a State of Emergency. Travel restricted to Emergency Management Workers only. Refrain from all travel.
9:36 PM- Fresh Pow at Paoli Peaks Indiana. Now that's what I'm talking about. Open 10am Thursday.
9:28 PM- WAVE 3 News Anchor Shannon Cogan just got off phone w Andrea Clifford of @KentuckyTrans and she said trucks are salting and plowing on interstates but snow keeps falling.
9:20 PM- IUS Southeast - we agree about the roads, so we're cancelled tomorrow! Have a safe and warm day off!
9:17 PM- Update from I-71 near the Junction downtown: squad car is trying to get through. Not happening. Still a parking lot.
9:10 PM- "All I can see is more cars," says a woman who left her own car to check what was going on. I-71 inbound is effectively closed.
9:08 PM- Etown 5.0" Prospect 4.0"
9:07 PM- 3.0" in Henryville IN
8:45PM- 3.6" reported from Radcliff in Hardin Co., KY
8:31PM- UPDATE: road back open as of 8:35PM TRAVEL ALERT: Interstate 65 (north & south) CLOSED near Lebanon Junction due to a high tension power line falling across the interstate. Kentucky Utilities are on the scene attempting to restring the line and restore power.
8:22 PM- 3.0" snow reported in Fern Creek.
8:19 PM- Latest short-range models lining up with 6-12" from areas along the Ohio River southward into Etown/Bardstown. We continue to monitor trends.
8:10 PM- 6.5" in Harrison Co IN... Palmyra.
8:02 PM- 3.0" snow in Waddy (Shelby Co )
8:01 PM- Getting 6-7" totals across Orange Co IN
7:23 PM- JCPS Closed Thursday ...many closings now coming in.
7:15 PM- Louisville official total at 2" right now.
7:04 PM- 1.5" now at our studios. Coming down hard out there!
6:53 PM- Hillview in Bullitt Co-- 2.0" of snow.
6:50 PM- Based on viewer reports--- this looks to be a good 2" snowfall rate band pushing east.
6:43 PM- FORECAST THOUGHTS UPDATE: So far everything looks on track. The transitions have pushed south...now about to cross the BG/WK Parkways. Short-range data continues to pick up on the heaviest snow on the KY side of the Ohio River ...and about 2 counties wide. In that zone..amounts of 8-12" are looking more and more likely. Isolated higher possible. If you are north or south of that band, totals drop off to a 4-8" range then to 1-4" range further out from there. No lightning has been reported thus far, but as the forcing increases this evening, we cannot rule out thundersnow in a few locations. Snow rates of 1-2" /hour are already taking place with a few areas reaching 2"/hour for brief periods. Travel is already becoming hazardous across the area. Our snowmap is posted at the top of this blog post. No changes required at this time.
6:42 PM- Totals continue to climb to our west...MO/IL far west KY reporting 4-6" now.
6:22 PM- French Lick IN -- 4.0" snow reported.
6:20 PM- Reports of 1" already coming in across the Metro.
6:12 PM- 2.5" in Bedford IN. Reports of 4-5" now coming in across southern IL/SE MO.
5:54 PM- SPC meso discussion just issued. Here is part of their statement:
SUMMARY...ONGOING PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE MIDDLE OHIO VALLEY WILL TRANSITION TO SNOW THROUGH THE EVENING FROM NW TO SE...WITH THE SNOW BECOMING HEAVY. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1-2 INCHES PER HOUR ARE ANTICIPATED...WITH THE HIGHEST RATES IN PROXIMITY TO THE OHIO RIVER.
5:40 PM - The latest RPM model (which hasn't had a good handle on this storm, by the way) just came in with over a foot of snow just south of Louisville.
5:30 PM - Snow reported at NWS Louisville off Theiler Lane and the Gene Snyder Freeway.
5:25 PM - A quick check of pavement temperatures from across the area show that most areas are above freezing. This will change as the sun sets and we bring in colder temperatures... roads will become slick and hazardous this evening.
5:14 PM- WAVE 3 News reporter Gordon Boyd reporting from southern Indiana
5:12 PM- 3.3" of snow reported already in Paoli, IN
5:11 PM- KY State Police Dispatchers are busy assisting callers with emergencies - pleases refrain from calling 911 for road conditions. Contact 511.ky.gov
5:05 PM- Snow for many locations north of the Parkways. 3.25" now reported in Paoli.
4:50 PM- Video just came in from our reporter Natalia Martinez. Hwy 31 in Sellersburg IN.
4:48PM- MODEL UPDATE: Latest HRRR model has increased snow totals a bit. Hard to rely on models this close to the event---but worth monitoring.
4:38PM- 2.0" reported in Scottsburg IN
4:28 PM- All snow at station.
4:19 PM- Hardinsburg KY-- HWY 61 closed at marker 9 due to flooding
4:17 PM- RADAR--- heavy snow pockets just north of the river. 1-2" per hour. Mainly sleet in the city...should go to snow soon. Rain south.
4:13 PM- Flooding---Bardstown-- some roads closed along south part of the county.
4:12 PM- Hwy 150 a mess right now in southern IN. Slide offs taking place---heavy snow.
4:05 PM- Pure sleet with a light covering at the WAVE 3 News Studios.
4:00 PM- TUNE IN TO WAVE 3 NEWS... a special 4PM Edition is on right now!
3:49 PM Sleet reports starting to increase again across the Metro and across the river.
3;45 PM- 2.3" now reported just south of Paoli IN
3:38 PM- SPC is monitoring a band of heavy snow with rates of 1-2" per hour. That will be watch we will track as it moves NE this evening and tightens/narrows.
3:36 PM- Report of 2" in Palmyra IN
3:26 PM- Special Newscast Starts at 4pm. Finalizing our snow map. We will post shortly.
2:54 PM- Snow report- Paoli- 1.5"
2:46 PM- Sleet/snow into the metro. Easing at times. Sleet now in Meade Co. Heavy snow continues in Paoli
2:17 PM- The enhance dual-pol radar picks out the line where it goes from rain to sleet. Snakes across southern IN into northern Jeff Co KY into Oldham. North of that--all snow. South of that--all rain.
2:15 PM- Heavy snow now in Starlight IN at Hubers. Snow in Jeffersonville IN.
2:12 PM- Sleet/snow Corydon switching to all snow there. Sleet reports in Louisville.
2:11 PM- Almost 1" reported just south of Paoli.
2:09 PM- Ryan Adams sent this in over Knobs. Sticking good there.
2:01 PM- Huge snowflakes along I 71 in Carrollton.
2:01 PM- More sleet reports in Metro.
1:45 PM- The new SREF has really ramped up totals in Louisville. Again, just a look at models--our forecast remains the same although we are constantly monitoring radar trends/ground reports and hi-res short-range model data.
1:32 PM- Corydon IN-- Sleet--- Switching back and forth through various types...but sleet on the windshields.
1:28 PM- Lanesville IN- Sleet- Reports of sleet mixing in
1:15 PM- Paoli IN- Snow- Heavy snow showing up on our SkyTrack Camera.
1:08 PM- VIDEO BLOG UPDATE
1:05 PM- Hardinsburg/Hodgenville-- flooding- High water reports
12:51 PM- I-64 -- SW IN near Evansville---ice covered---reports of slide-offs.
12:50 PM- Just taped Video Blog- it will be posted shortly.
12:23 PM- MODEL UPDATE- Here is the latest HRRR Bufkit snowfall forecast for Louisville. 8.6". Just one model's idea.
12:15 PM- MODEL UPDATE- Latest HRRR shows areas along /north of Ohio River bouncing back in forth with sleet/snow/rain the next few hours..then all snow between 3-4pm. Snow totals still look impressive with this event. Stay tuned.
12:06 PM- Carrollton- Sleet/snow- reports coming across Carroll Co.
12:05 PM- Louisville Metro--snow--- many reports of sleet and snow mixing in. Which is ahead of schedule. Monitoring trends.
11:46 AM- Louisville- Sleet/snow--- mix starting to develop over NE sections of Metro
11:42 AM- Trimble Co KY- Snow/sleet -- rain changing to the mix.
11:40 AM-Henryville IN- Snow- Huge flakes reported
11:34 AM Palmyra IN- Snow- Reports of all snow there
11:19 AM Pekin IN-- Snow-- reports of all snow now there
11:14 AM Lancaster IN-- flooding-- SR 250 washed out
11:14 AM Bedford KY---flooding--- ky2871
11:13 AM Taylorsville KY--- flooding --- ky2885
11:06 AM Sleet reports across Paoli/Palmayra IN with snow for French Lick.
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