Ice wanes, river topping out

CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

With weekend rain and snow in the weather forecast for Frankfort and central Kentucky, local emergency officials are closely watching the flooding Kentucky River, which appears to be receding after holding steady near the 35-foot stage for about a day.

The river level at Lock 4 in Frankfort was 35.08 feet at 3:30 a.m. today, falling to 35.01 by 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage is 31 feet. The local Kentucky River hotline (875-8522) at 9 a.m. today said the river level in Frankfort was 34.8 feet.

Meanwhile, power outages persisted in the area even as the ice accumulated over the weekend began to melt.

The weather forecast in Frankfort and central Kentucky calls for a 70 percent chance of light rain during the day Friday with highs in the mid 50s; and a 90 percent chance of rain Friday night with lows in the mid 40s.

On Saturday, there's a 70 percent chance of rain with temperatures in the mid-40s in the daytime; and a 50 percent chance of snow Saturday night with lows in the upper 20s. There's also a chance of snow after midnight Sunday.

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