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Freezing Rain, Sleet, Snow Slap Tri-State

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Sleet accumulates on Riverside Drive in Downtown Evansville on Thursday

Authorities urge drivers to stay off the roads

Freezing rain, sleet and snow have made travel hazardous and power outages likely in the Tri-State. WNIN’s John Gibson has more:

Rain changed to freezing rain Wed night and Thursday morning as colder air filtered into the region from the northwest.

Sleet and snow followed, especially in parts of southeast Illinois and southwest Indiana

The National Weather Service tweaked the forecast to increase snow and sleet totals along the Ohio River and to decrease freezing rain amounts.

A wintry mix is expected to change to all snow in Evansville by Thursday night, with snow and sleet accumulations as high as four inches.

Major icing from freezing rain is expected to continue in western Kentucky -- from Madisonville to Owensboro.

Weather Service meteorologist Christine Wieglos urges everyone to stay updated:

"You got to be having your nose in it, you've really got be able to keep track of things throughout the day today and into tonight, as things change. It's a very fluid situation as most the time weather is around here."

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has posted photos of icy roadways in western parts of the state, where crews are working to melt the ice.

The Indiana Department of Transportation’s southwest office said it has a “full call out” with 140 yellow tucks treating state and federal roads, including Evansville’s Lloyd Expressway, Highway 41, and I-69.

More: Authorities are urging drivers to stay off the roads, if possible.