Ice and Snow Storm of January 26-28, 2009

A wintry mix moved into southern Indiana and central Kentucky on the night of Monday, January 26, 2009. Precipitation began as light freezing drizzle and freezing rain over the entire area, but changed to sleet and then snow overnight into the early morning hours of Tuesday across southern Indiana and northern Kentucky. Up to 6 inches of snow accumulated across the northernmost sections of the CWA. Freezing rain continued over southern Kentucky. On Tuesday the 27th, precipitation changed to freezing rain over southern Indiana and northern Kentucky, and to rain over southern Kentucky. Ice over an inch thick was reported in many locations from the freezing rain. Tuesday night freezing rain and sleet continued over southern Indiana, freezing rain transitioned to rain over northern Kentucky, and rain, occasionally heavy, continued over southern Kentucky. Minor...mainly river flooding developed in some spots by Wednesday from the steady rain. On the morning of Wednesday, January 28, precipitation changed over to snow from northwest to southeast across the area. About 3 to 4 inches of additional snow accumulation piled up in the north, with less to the south.

The storm caused Kentucky's largest power outage on record, with609,000 homes and businesses without power across the state. Property damage was widespread, with the damage due to falling trees, large tree limbs and power lines weighed down by ice. In the Louisville metropolitan area, 205,000 lost power and it took up to 10 days to get everyone hooked back up. Area school systems were closed for an entire week. Several emergency shelters were set up across the affected region. In Louisville's local school system, 69 schools lost power.

Precipitation January 26-28, 2009

Snowfall January 27-28, 2009

Click on the image to the left for a statewide map of ice accumulations in Kentucky.

 
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 Auburn, Kentucky

Auburn, Kentucky
Chris Allen, WBKO-TV

 Auburn, Kentucky

Auburn, Kentucky
Chris Allen, WBKO-TV

 Bowling Green

Bowling Green
Brian Walsh

 Bowling Green

Bowling Green
David Tooley

 Bowling Green

Bowling Green
Eddy Watson

Bowling Green

Bowling Green
Keith Zatalokin

Bowling Green

Bowling Green
Terri Conner

Brownsville

Brownsville, Kentucky
Chris Shaw

Buffalo, Kentucky

Buffalo, Kentucky

Buffalo, Kentucky

Buffalo, Kentucky

 Clarkson, Kentucky

Clarkson, Kentucky
Scotty Gore

 Clarkson, Kentucky

Clarkson, Kentucky
Scotty Gore

Clarkson, Kentucky

Clarkson, Kentucky
Scotty Gore

 Clarkson, Kentucky

Clarkson, Kentucky
Scotty Gore

 Clarkson, Kentucky

Clarkson, Kentucky
Scotty Gore

Clarkson, Kentucky

Clarkson, Kentucky
Scoty Gore

Clarkson, Kentucky

Clarkson, Kentucky
Scotty Gore

Clarkson, Kentucky

Clarkson, Kentucky
Scotty Gore

Clarkson

Clarkson, Kentucky
Scotty Gore

Clarkson

Clarkson, Kentucky
Scotty Gore

Clarkson

Clarkson, Kentucky
Scotty Gore

Clarkson

Clarkson, Kentucky
Scotty Gore

Crawford County

Crawford County
Wade Bell

Crawford County

Crawford County
Wade Bell

Frankfort

Frankfort, Kentucky
Mike Sparks

Franklin, Kentucky

Franklin, Kentucky
Allie Meador

Georgetown, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky
Ron Malinowski

Glasgow, Kentucky

Glasgow, Kentucky
Alison Ferrell

Green Spring

Green Spring, Kentucky
Mike Howard

 Green Spring

Green Spring, Kentucky
Mike Howard

 Henry County

Henry County
Michael Montgomery

Huff, Kentucky

Huff, Kentucky
Ken Smith

Leitchfield

Leitchfield
Tim Kiger 

Leitchfield

Leitchfield
Tim Kiger

Leitchfield

Leitchfield
Tim Kiger

Huff, Kentucky

Huff, Kentucky
Ken Smith 

Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
John Bradshaw

Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
John Bradshaw

Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky
John Bradshaw

Lexington

Lexington, Kentucky
Chris Shafer

 Logan County

Logan County
Dan Draper

 Logan County

Logan County
Dan Draper 

Logan County

Logan County
Dan Draper 

Logan County

Logan County
Dan Draper

Logan County

Logan County
Dan Draper

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville
National Weather Service Office

 Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville
National Weather Service Office

 Louisville

Louisville
National Weather Service Office

 Louisville

Louisville
National Weather Service Office

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville
National Weather Service Office 

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville
National Weather Service Office

 Louisville

Louisville
Mike Howard

 Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville
Phil Hysell

Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville
Phil Hysell

Louisville

Louisville 

 

Louisville

Louisville

Louisville

 Louisville

 Louisville

Louisville

Louisville

Louisville

Louisville

Louisville

 Louisville

Louisville

Louisville

Louisville
Mark Schweitzer

Near Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave
Chris Allen, WBKO-TV

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave
Vickie Carson

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave
Vickie Carson 

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave
Vickie Carson

Mammoth Cave

Mammoth Cave
Vickie Carson

McDaniels

McDaniels, Kentucky
  KseniaCarter

McDaniels

McDaniels, Kentucky
  Ksenia Carter

McDaniels

McDaniels, Kentucky
  Ksenia Carter

Millport

Millport, Indiana
Hack Albertson

Morgantown, Kentucky

Morgantown, Kentucky
Charlotte Beasley

Munfordville, Kentucky

Munfordville, Kentucky
Ken Smith 

Munfordville

Munfordville, Kentucky
Bill Atchley

Munfordville

Munfordville, Kentucky
Bill Atchley

Munfordville, Kentucky

Munfordville, Kentucky
Ken Smith

 

Munfordville

Munfordville, Kentucky
Bill Atchley

 

Palmyra, Indiana

Palmyra, Indiana
Mike Curran

 

Palmyra, Indiana

Palmyra, Indiana
Mike Curran

 

Palmyra, Indiana

Palmyra, Indiana
Mike Curran

 

Plano, Kentucky

Plano, Kentucky
Jay Brandon, WNKY-TV

 

Radcliff

Radcliff, Kentucky
Anita Conder

 

Radcliff

Radcliff, Kentucky
Anita Conder

 

Radcliff

Radcliff, Kentucky
Anita Conder

 

Radcliff

Radcliff, Kentucky
Anita Conder

 

 

Radcliff

Radcliff, Kentucky
Anita Conder

Radcliff

Radcliff, Kentucky
Anita Conder

 

Radcliff

Radcliff, Kentucky
Anita Conder 

Radcliff

Radcliff, Kentucky
Anita Conder

Richmond

 Richmond, Kentucky
Jason Rawlins

Richmond, Kentucky

Richmond, Kentucky
Jonathan Williams

Scottsburg, Indiana

Scottsburg, Indiana
Jeanne Newton 

Shepherdsville

Shepherdsville, Kentucky
Trisha Noble

Simpson County

Simpson County
Barry Jenkins

 

Smiths Grove, Kentucky

Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Jay Brandon, WNKY-TV

Smiths Grove, Kentucky

Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Jay Brandon, WNKY-TV

 

South Union, Kentucky

South Union, Kentucky
Lynne Thomas

 

Stanfprd, Kentucky

Stanford, Kentucky
Dawn Atkins

Ten Broeck

Ten Broeck, Kentucky
Mike Howard

Wilmore

Wilmore, Kentucky
Jesi Shangle

 

Wilmore

Wilmore, Kentucky
Jesi Shangle

 

Windyville

Windyville
Ken Smith

Windyville

Windyville
Ken Smith

Woodburn, Kentucky

Woodburn, Kentucky
Chris Allen, WBKO-TV

 


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