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Time posted: 12:16 pm

Updating The Arctic Front Snowfall

Good afternoon, folks. One round of light snow moved across the region this morning, with the main show currently pressing in from the northwest. This is along and just behind a slow-moving arctic front blowing across our region.

A Winter Weather Advisory is out for the entire state and region through Tuesday…

Some thoughts:

  • This is a healthy swath of snow moving in, and it’s slowing down.
  • The best chance for snow across the west and north is this evening, with that action slowly dropping south and east. Southeastern Kentucky won’t get the best snows until Tuesday and Tuesday night.
  • A general 1″-3″ is likely for the entire region. Some embedded heavier bands of snow can drop 4″ amounts. Given the random nature of these bands, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where they set up.
  • There’s no reason for a snowfall map, because everyone is within the same range. 🙂
  • Some snow showers and flurries may develop on Wednesday, putting down additional light accumulations.
  • Bitterly cold temps will surge in behind the front. The numbers by Tuesday afternoon will range from 10-15 in most areas, with wind chills much colder. Zero or below temps show up by Wednesday morning.

I will update things later today, and have the latest on WKYT-TV starting at 4pm.

Here are your tracking tools to take you until my evening update…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Lexington

Fifth Third Pavilion Live Cam
Downtown Lexington

I-75 @ Newtown Pike
Lexington

I-75 @ Clays Ferry Bridge South
Between Lexington and Richmond

US 60 @ US 127
Frankfort
US60 @ US127

US 60 @ Chenault Road
Near Millville
US60 @ Chenault Road

Winchester

Georgetown

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

Louisville
Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway

Bardstown

I-65 MP 92.4
Elizabethtown

Louie B Nunn MP 3
Near Glasgow
Louie B Nunn MP 3

Natcher Parkway MP 5
Near Bowling Green
Natcher Parkway @ MP 5

I-24 MP 7 @ US 62

Paducah

I-24 MP 7 @ US62

I-275 approaching KY 20/Airport
Near Covington
I-275 East of KY 20/Airport Exit

I-71/I-75 at Buttermilk Pike
Near Covington
I-71/I-75 @ Buttermilk Pike

I-71/I-75 at 12th St.
Covington
I-71/I-75 @ 12th St. in Covington

Make it a good one and take care.

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Time posted: 1:56 am

A Snowy Setup Starts The Week

Good Monday, folks. Our MLK holiday has rounds of light snow working across the state, causing slick travel to develop. That’s especially the case early this morning in the west and north, then again late today into tonight for the entire region.

This is a general 1″-3″ for much of the region through Tuesday, with local 4″ amounts possible as our front slows down. Northwest winds will also be able to squeeze out some flakes in this area through Tuesday night.

Bitterly cold temps tumble back in behind this front. Highs on Tuesday may only be in the 10-15 degree range for many, with wind chills making it feel zero or colder. Thermometer readings may be below zero on Wednesday morning, with wind chills pushing -10 or colder for some.

A break in the action comes this weekend. That’s when temps can hit the 60s for a day or so.

In the short-term, it’s all about t arctic snows out there today. Let’s do some tracking…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Lexington

Fifth Third Pavilion Live Cam
Downtown Lexington

I-75 @ Newtown Pike
Lexington

I-75 @ Clays Ferry Bridge South
Between Lexington and Richmond

US 60 @ US 127
Frankfort
US60 @ US127

US 60 @ Chenault Road
Near Millville
US60 @ Chenault Road

Winchester

Georgetown

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

Louisville
Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway

Bardstown

I-65 MP 92.4
Elizabethtown

Louie B Nunn MP 3
Near Glasgow
Louie B Nunn MP 3

Natcher Parkway MP 5
Near Bowling Green
Natcher Parkway @ MP 5

I-24 MP 7 @ US 62

Paducah

I-24 MP 7 @ US62

I-275 approaching KY 20/Airport
Near Covington
I-275 East of KY 20/Airport Exit

I-71/I-75 at Buttermilk Pike
Near Covington
I-71/I-75 @ Buttermilk Pike

I-71/I-75 at 12th St.
Covington
I-71/I-75 @ 12th St. in Covington

I will update things later today. Make it a great one and take care.

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Time posted: 7:21 pm

Arctic Front Brings More Snow

Good evening, everyone. Periods of snow are about to blow back into the bluegrass state, as an arctic front sweeps in from the northwest. The front arrives late on our MLK holiday, but a period of snow will precede it, with another right behind it.

Before we get to all that, let’s give it up to the power of a snowpack. Temps this morning went below zero in many areas, with a -10 showing up on the Kentucky Mesonet map…

We can say whatever we want about the snows missing us or underachieving, but the cold has been nothing short of incredible this winter.

Speaking of snow, it’s on the way for the next few days. The first surge of light snow moves in tonight across the western, central and northern parts of the state. This is an area already under a Winter Weather Advisory…

Farther east and southeast will be included in that advisory later tomorrow into Tuesday. Here’s regional radar to track the initial flakes…

Once that passes through, the arctic front dives in from the northwest Monday afternoon and evening. That will have a nice band of snow along and behind it. Much of the state picks up a general 1″-3″ through Tuesday morning. That front will slow down across the southeast, potentially leading to some enhanced snows that can exceed 3″.

Travel conditions go downhill quickly, especially with the band of snow behind the front.

Temps tank on Tuesday with readings in the low and middle teens, and wind chills around zero or below. The models underplayed the cold on the snowpack this morning, and will likely do it again in the coming days. Still, they are already seeing zero or below numbers…

Wind chill numbers will be way below zero at times from Tuesday through Wednesday.

The bitter cold eases later in the week, with a big mild surge on the way for the weekend. That’s when temps can make another run at the 60s…

That’s ahead of another cold front moving through here in about a week from now…

That can give us showers and storms, with flip to flakes in just a few hours time.

I will see you guys tonight for another update. Make it a good one and take care.

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Time posted: 2:24 am

Another Arctic Front On The Way

Good Sunday, folks. It’s cold and about to get a whole lot colder as we head into the week ahead. Another arctic front is ready to push into the bluegrass state, bringing a round of snow and bitterly cold temperatures. This continues a run of brutally cold air in our region.

Temps this morning are in the single digits for many, with a few spots possibly starting out below zero. Skies will be party sunny this afternoon as highs hit the 20-25 degree range.

Our arctic front arrives late on MLK Day Monday. Ahead of this, a band of light snow may break out late tonight and early on Monday…

A quick half inch of snow is possible to start the day.

That’s ahead of a pseudo warm front lifting quickly through here. Temps likely spike above freezing for a few hours, then the arctic front hits, dropping temps in a hurry. The light snow is behind the front and it moves in from northwest to southeast from later Monday into Tuesday…

Fronts like this typically put down a 1″-3″ snowfall, with higher amounts across the mountains out east. You can see how the snow band slows down as it hits eastern Kentucky, and there’s even a weak wave of low pressure along it.

Winds are also going to be VERY gusty as the snow rolls through, leading to local whiteout conditions for a time.

Lows behind this can drop to zero or below for a couple of days. Highs on Tuesday may not get out of he 10-15 degree range. We may also see an extended run of wind chills below zero.

Temps start to rebound by the end of the week, with a nice thaw coming by next weekend. That looks to get wiped our pretty quickly as a cold front sweeps through here…

I’m playing in a benefit basketball game this afternoon in Morehead, so I won’t be able to update again until later today or the evening.

Make it a great Sunday and take care.

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Time posted: 1:34 pm

Saturday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon, my fellow weather weenies. Light snow and flurries continue to slowly pull away from the region, as frigid temps settle back in for another extended run. This will be complete by another snowfall that, for many of us, add up to more than the underachiever of last night. 🙂

Temps today are struggling to get to 20 degrees with wind chills in the single digits. Areas of flurries and light snow are also out there…

Single digit lows show up tonight, with Sunday’s highs back into the low 20s.

An arctic front moves in late Monday into Tuesday with a very small wave of low pressure along it…

Those snows typically fall just behind the front and are generally widespread 1″-3″ amounts, with locally higher amounts in the mountains. Winds of 30mph will accompany the front, blowing the arctic flakes around.

Bitterly cold air comes in behind this, potentially sending lows to around zero or below…

Wind chills will be solidly below zero for a few days…

For those of you who follow me, you know it’s not too far away from the time of the year when I become a full blown spring fan. I start looking for warm ups and there is another coming by next weekend, but it doesn’t last too long…

I will try to hook you guys up with another update later this evening. Make it a good one and take care.

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