A third winter blast is headed into the Tristate -- and while it's not expected to be as severe as the last two -- it may still have an effect on travel following the New Year. Roads could become slippery in the overnight hours as snow hits the far northern Tristate counties and a wintery mix is expected to cover much of the region just north of the Ohio River.
Roads north of the Ohio River could become slick after midnight as many bars and house parties start to empty out. Some Tristate residents are adjusting their New Year's plans to avoid traveling on icy roadways.
"Well we went out to Texas Roadhouse and had a steak supper and now we're headed home to try to beat the weather," says Charles Blackburn of Mt. Vernon. "We're gonna go home and pop some popcorn and watch the ball drop."
"We're just gonna go out to a couple parties and we're probably gonna stay there tonight to avoid the traffic and avoid the potential freeze," says University of Evansville student Josh Hood.
Others say they'll be celebrating as usual, but say they plan on keeping a close eye on the potential winter weather ahead. "We're just gonna go meet some friends at the local bowling establishment that we go to and just kinda say hi to our friends, have a few snacks, and probably head back to the house before the weather gets here," says Jim Schaefer of Evansville. "Don't plan on staying out that late anyway so, I'd rather be safe than sorry."
Fortunately Old Man Winter won't turn everyone's New Year's plans to slush. Western Kentucky will likely miss out on the wintery mix --taking a cool rain shower instead.
If it does get slick in your area overnight -- authorities recommend you reduce your speed and increase your following distance to avoid slide-offs or accidents.