Daily Archives: January 19, 2019

Time posted: 7:35 pm

Tracking Our Winter Storm

Good evening, folks. Our the winter part of our winter storm is now taking over from west to east. A band of heavy snow is covering roads in western parts of the sate and that’s a trend that continues to the east this evening into overnight.

  • A steady band of moderate to heavy snow works from west to east across the state through tonight. That band of snow gets lighter across eastern Kentucky.
  • A swath of significant snow is likely to fall across parts of western and central Kentucky. That’s oriented from southwest to northeast.
  • Snowfall totals won’t be in consistent swaths, with underachieving streaks and overachieving streaks showing up.
  • Wind gusts of 35-45mph will be likely and that may create near blizzard conditions for a few hours this evening into the wee hours of Sunday for some areas.
  • With temps dropping through the 20s and into the teens, a flash freeze is likely. Throw snow on top of that and travel conditions go downhill quickly. I would not be surprised if a few roads are briefly closed.
  • Snow showers taper to flurries on Sunday as temps struggle to get out of the teens. Wind chills will be single digits to near zero at times.
  • A quick hitting flake maker may zip into western Kentucky Sunday evening.

 

I have you all set to track the winter storm…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Lexington

I-75 @ Newtown Pike
Lexington

I-75 MP 127
Georgetown

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

I-64 MP 97
Winchester
I-64 WB @ MP 97

Mountain Parkway @ MP 36
Near Pine Ridge

Florence

No image available.

Covington

No image available.

No image available.

Louisville

No image available.

No image available.

No image available.

E-town

No image available.

I-65 MP 36
Near Bowling Green
I-65 MP 36

I-65 @ 234
Near Bowling Green
I-65 @ 234

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

US 41A Gate 5 Fort Campbell Entrance
Fort Campbell
US 41A @ Gate 5

Paducah


I-24 @ US 60 MP 4


I-24 MP 7 @ US62

Enjoy the evening and take care.

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Time posted: 2:01 pm

Winter Storm Update

Good afternoon, folks. Heavy rain continues to blanket the bluegrass state and this is causing the potential for local flooding issues into the early evening. From there, it’s game on for a rapid drop in temperatures and a switch to snow, Travel later tonight into Sunday morning is going to be tough with the flash freeze and some snow on top of it.

Let’s get a check on the current Winter Weather Alerts…

You may see a few more counties added to that Winter Storm Warning before all is said and done.

My thoughts on how this storm haven’t really changed much…

  • Cold air quickly crashes into western and northern parts of the state during the late afternoon, changing rain to snow.
  • A steady band of moderate to heavy snow works from west to east across the state into early Sunday. That band of snow gets lighter across eastern Kentucky.
  • A swath of significant snow is likely to fall across parts of western and central Kentucky. That’s oriented from southwest to northeast.
  • Wind gusts of 35-45mph will be likely and that may create near blizzard conditions for a few hours this evening into the wee hours of Sunday for some areas.
  • With temps dropping through the 20s and into the teens, a flash freeze is likely. Throw snow on top of that and travel conditions go downhill quickly. I would not be surprised if a few roads are briefly closed.
  • Snow showers taper to flurries on Sunday as temps struggle to get out of the teens. Wind chills will be single digits to near zero at times.
  • A quick hitting flake maker may zip into western Kentucky Sunday evening.

 

I’ve made some minor adjustments to the snowfall map, pulling down the 3″-8″ line a little farther south than earlier…

The lines aren’t going to work out perfectly, because the weather doesn’t really work along lines. Even within the 3″-8″ areas, there will be some streaks of underachieving and a streak or two that may overachieve.

The new European Model is actually a little farther east with the heaviest snows. It has double digit across parts of the bluegrass and northeast…

The NAM has a similar corridor of double digit snow amounts, but is a little farther west…

The Canadian has it between Louisville and Cincy…

EXACTLY where this band of heaviest snow sets up may be a game time decision. That means a lot of nowcasting this evening and tonight, but that’s actually fun to do in such a dynamic event.

I mentioned those winds that may create near blizzard conditions for a few hours. Check out the gusts around 1am Sunday…

If such a wild and dynamic storm like this one doesn’t get you excited, you need to turn in your weather lover card. 🙂

I would love to talk about what I’m seeing this coming week and beyond, but I’m gonna stick to the current winter storm script.

Additional updates come your way later today, so check back. Until then, here are some trackers to get you started…

 

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Lexington

I-75 @ Newtown Pike
Lexington

I-75 MP 127
Georgetown

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

I-64 MP 97
Winchester
I-64 WB @ MP 97

Mountain Parkway @ MP 36
Near Pine Ridge

Florence

No image available.

Covington

No image available.

No image available.

Louisville

No image available.

No image available.

No image available.

E-town

No image available.

I-65 MP 36
Near Bowling Green
I-65 MP 36

I-65 @ 234
Near Bowling Green
I-65 @ 234

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

US 41A Gate 5 Fort Campbell Entrance
Fort Campbell
US 41A @ Gate 5

I-24  MP 4 @ US 60
Paducah
I-24 @ US 60 MP 4

I-24 MP 7 @ US 62
Paducah
I-24 MP 7 @ US62

Have a good one and take care.

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Time posted: 3:20 am

Winter Storm ALERT

Good Saturday, folks. A significant winter storm is working into the state today and will bring some wild weather with it. From heavy rain to near blizzard conditions, this storm has it all and is likely to cause significant travel issues through Sunday.

Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are out for the entire region…

Additional counties may be added to the warning as new data arrives today.

This is a multifaceted storm we are dealing with. Here’s a breakdown of what we are facing:

  • Heavy rains of 1″-3″ will fall across the region today. This may cause local flooding issues to develop. If you live in a low-lying or flood prone area, stay alert.
  • Some thunder is even possible as temps make a run at 60 in the south and southeast.
  • Cold air quickly crashes into western and northern parts of the state during the afternoon, changing rain to snow.
  • A steady band of moderate to heavy snow works from west to east across the state into early Sunday. That band of snow gets lighter across eastern Kentucky.
  • A swath of significant snow is likely to fall across parts of western and central Kentucky. That’s oriented from southwest to northeast.
  • Wind gusts of 35-45mph will be likely and that may create near blizzard conditions for a few hours this evening into the wee hours of Sunday for some areas.
  • With temps dropping through the 20s and into the teens, a flash freeze is likely. Throw snow on top of that and travel conditions go downhill quickly. I would not be surprised if a few roads are briefly closed.
  • Snow showers taper to flurries on Sunday as temps struggle to get out of the teens. Wind chills will be single digits to near zero at times.
  • A quick hitting flake maker may zip into western Kentucky Sunday evening.

Here’s my current call for snowfall…

I will make changes to that as the day goes on.

The European Model turns this into a serious snowfall for parts of the state. It has some double digits…

Here’s regional radar to track the heavy rains into the region and the potential for a mix in the north…

I know we are tracking a current winter storm, but another is potentially lurking a few days from now. This system can dump snow and ice on us by Wednesday…

Many updates later today. Make it a good one and take care.

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