Now that the heaviest snow has fallen, meteorologists are turning their attention to record low temperatures the Louisville region is forecast to experience over the next couple of days.
On Monday, between six to eleven inches accumulated around Louisville, according to the National Weather Service. The snow led to an increase in traffic accidents and more injuries, officials reported at a news conference Monday afternoon.
The city is now rushing to scrape as much snow off the roads (it’s been light and powdery for now) before the temperatures drop below well below freezing in the coming days.
Plus, more snow and possibly some rain falls in the region.
What should Louisville expect moving forward?
“The big story is the cold,” said John Gordon, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Louisville.
“We will break some record lows in the next three days. We could have temperatures well below zero Thursday morning approaching minus-10, believe it or not.”
That means melted or compact snow will turn to ice, leading to more treacherous driving for Louisville area motorists.
Louisville also has an 80 percent chance of snow Tuesday night, according to the latest National Weather Service forecast. The city has a 50 percent chance of snow on Wednesday, too.
Gordon, like state and local officials, urges motorists be cautious.
On Tuesday, the sun was working to help melt some of the snow, said Gordon. But the treatment transportation crews are giving the roads won’t be a match for snow that will refreeze overnight, he said.
“If you think today is bad after the snow, wait until Thursday. It will be brutally, brutally cold,” said Gordon.
People should try to stay indoors as much as possible, he said.
This weekend, beginning mid-day Friday to Sunday morning, there will be precipitation that could include a mix of snow and rain, he said.