National Weather Service

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

**Updated March 9**

The Ohio River crested at 53 feet, Sunday, according to the Associated Press.  That's one foot above flood stage.  The river level is expected to fall slowly through the rest of the week.  The National Weather Service is predicting rain on Tuesday, and again Thursday and Friday.

**Original story** 

With plenty of rain and snow this week, area rivers are expected to rise quickly.

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

The rains came but the snow, it seems, may not be as bad as originally thought. 

Late Tuesday forecasters warned a winter storm could dump heavy rains on the area before mixing with and turning to heavy snow by Wednesday night. 

Seth Binau with the National Weather Service in Wilmington says moist air is streaming up from Texas but there’s a definite border between it and drier air to the north.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

**Updated 4:37pm**

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has declared a statewide emergency, which frees up state resources, including the National Guard, to aid local jurisdictions. 

So far, Kentucky Emergency Management reports the snow has been "dry",  and has not accumulated on trees and power lines, which means limited impact on the state's energy grid.

Some parts of the Bluegrass State could receive up to 16 inches by the time the snow ends tonight.

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

This definitely has been a colder, snowier winter than usual.   Just ask the folks at the National Weather Service in Wilmington how much snow we've gotten.

"So far this winter, not including Tuesday's snowfall but through midnight last night, 20.1 inches at our official observing location at the Cincinnati Airport,"  said Seth Binau, Science Operations Officer at the NWS.

National Weather Service website (Wilmington, Ohio)

*Update 4:30 pm (From Metro)* All Metro service is operating. Three routes are on detour due to ice and snow (new addition in bold):

  • Rt. 24 Anderson - UC (Liberty Hill)
  • Rt. 31 West End - Evanston Crosstown (Hackberry Loop)
  • Rt. 39 Western Hills - Uptown (Liberty Hill)

Additional detours and delays are possible throughout the Metro service area as it continues to sleet and snow.

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