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Ice Leads to Dozens of Crashes

John Gibson
Icy sidewalks in Downtown Evansville on Tuesday, Jan. 31

Freezing rain and sleet put an icy glaze on roads, parking lots, and sidewalks

Tuesday evening's commute should be easier than the morning’s rush hour in the Evansville area. WNIN’s John Gibson has a recap of the wintry weather:

As sleet began to accumulate in the area Monday evening, the National Weather Service upgraded its Winter Weather Advisory to a Winter Storm Warning.

More than two-tenths of an inch of frozen precipitation was recorded at Evansville Regional Airport.

That was enough to turn roadways into ice rinks and force many school systems to close or conduct e-learning days.

Road crews battled temperatures in the upper teens as they tried to clear main routes early Tuesday.

Melting materials are not as effective when the temperature is that far below freezing.

Dozens of accidents and slide-offs were reported during the morning drive, many of them in Gibson County.

But as clearing efforts continued and temperatures rose, road conditions improved.

Untreated roads, many parking lots, and sidewalks remain icy.

The Evansville area should be clear of winter weather for now, but forecasters say parts of western Kentucky – including the Madisonville and Hopkinsville areas – could see more light sleet, freezing rain, and snow.