While problems resulting from last weekend's ice storm are easing, attention is turning to the Kentucky River and heavy rain predicted for the weekend ahead.
The river has receded slightly since Thursday, but the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for tonight and Saturday in Frankfort and central Kentucky.
Light rains are expected to diminish this afternoon. But tonight, mainly after midnight, and through Saturday the forecast calls for rain, "heavy at times." Snow is also likely Saturday, mainly until midnight, with an accumulation of less than an inch, according to the forecast.
The river level at Lock 4 in Frankfort was 34.04 feet at 3:30 a.m. today. The level was 35.08 at 3:30 a.m. Thursday. A 9:15 a.m. reading today at Lock 4 showed a 33.28 level, according to Dave Hamilton, an engineer with the Kentucky River Authority. Flood stage is 31 feet.
"If we don't get much accumulation today, the National Weather Service predicts that by 7 p.m. today, the river at Lock 4 should be down to 31.2 feet," Hamilton said. Of course that could change, he said.
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