Daily Archives: January 23, 2019

Time posted: 7:50 pm

Wednesday Evening Update

Good evening, folks. Heavy rain is changing to a mix and snow from west to east as temps crash behind a cold front. This system continues to be fairly well behaved, but the precip Is showing signs of slowing down a little. That may give areas of central and eastern Kentucky a little shot at snow.

I really have no changed to my forecast with coatings up to 2″ amounts in some areas. The Weather Prediction Center continues to give a slight risk for 4″ snows into much of central and eastern Kentucky tonight…

 

That sets up a family feud within the NOAA family. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a slight risk of 4″ snows from the WPC, while the local NWS offices don’t even have a Winter Weather Advisory.

Obviously, I’m kind of in the middle and do expect an impact on travel tonight with a freeze up and a coating to 2″ of snow on top of it. As we have seen many times before, it doesn’t take much around here to cause issues.

A northwest flow develops behind our snow band early Thursday and that may keep some snow showers and flurries going through the morning hours. After a break in the afternoon, an arctic front drops in Thursday evening with a band of light snow and snow showers. That can also cause a few issues.

Temps by Friday morning hit the single digits for some…

Wind chills will be below zero during this time in many areas.

A couple more light snow systems work across the region this weekend. The one with the most potential is Saturday night and Sunday.

The mother load of bitterly cold air then drops into the country early next week. This may cause a healthy band of snow to develop in our region, with the majority of it falling in the arctic air behind another front Monday night and Tuesday…

Check out the morning lows behind that…

Ouch!

I leave you with your Wednesday evening tracking toys…

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 near Slade

Pine Mountain

Florence

No image available.

Covington

No image available.

No image available.

Louisville

No image available.

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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

Make it a good one and take care.

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Time posted: 12:23 pm

Wednesday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon, everyone. I have no changes on how I think the rest of the day goes as cold air races in and changes our rain over to a period of snow. This should be able to put down light, slushy accumulations leading to slick spots developing.

Before all this happens, winds are causing issues. Gusts have been well over 40mph at times as heavy rains roll into the region. Watch for flooding issues, later today into the early part of the evening. That’s especially true across the south central and southeastern parts of the state.

A period of wet snow is likely along and behind the front, but the duration of this snow isn’t likely to last more than a few hours for any one location.Light, slushy accumulations should show up in many areas of central and eastern Kentucky.Icy roads may develop into Thursday morning, leading to a few delays and cancellations. This may certainly warrant a Winter Weather Advisory. This is a lot of water that’s going to freeze up on roads and just a little bit of snow will make things rough for a time.

I have no changes on the snow map…

The Weather Prediction Center still has much of central and eastern Kentucky in a slight risk for 4″ snows tonight and early Thursday…

That’s certainly a scenario that can happen if the cold is faster in catching the back edge of the rain shield. I’m just not biting on that one at this point.  It’s worth watching this evening, though.

Another round of light snow and snow showers will sweep in here Thursday evening as an arctic front slides through. That will unleash bitterly cold air by Friday morning. Readings may hit the single digits in a few spots. Wind chills may go below zero…

Several systems target the region from the northwest this weekend through next week. We’re likely to put some snow on the ground again at some point Saturday into Sunday as we get a reinforcing shot of arctic air.

The system coming behind that late Monday into Tuesday is one that can develop into something much bigger. It’s being pushed by brutally cold air diving into the country. Something similar to that may show up a few days later.

Let’s get back to the weather of today. I will have the latest on WKYT starting at 4 and will have another update here this evening. Until then, you’re all set to do some tracking…

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 near Slade

Pine Mountain

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

Have a good one and take care.

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Time posted: 2:11 am

Another Action Packed Day

Good Wednesday, folks. We have another busy day of weather taking shape across the bluegrass state. This is a day that’s a smaller version of what we went through on Saturday with a little bit of everything in the works. Buckle up because this is all part of an action packed pattern.

Here’s a breakdown of the day:

  • Rounds of rain push across the state today and may cause some issues. Rainfall may average from 1″ to 1.5″ across many areas. That may cause local high water issues.
  • Winds today may reach 40mph or a little greater at times.
  • Temps hit the 50s ahead of the cold front and may reach 60 in the southeast.
  • Temps behind the front crash through the 30s and into the 20s.
  • A period of wet snow is likely along and behind the front, but the duration of this snow isn’t likely to last more than a few hours for any one location.
  • Light, slushy accumulations may show up in many areas of central and eastern Kentucky.
  • Icy roads may develop into Thursday morning, leading to a few delays and cancellations.

Here’s the latest call for snowfall…

Again, the duration of the snow is the limiting factor in the accumulation forecast. If the cold catches the precip a little earlier, then take the over. 🙂

An arctic front arrives right behind that on Thursday evening with a period of light snow and snow showers. That will likely put down additional light accumulations. Another system then dives in behind that by Friday night…

Temps behind this first arctic front are frigid and may hit single digits in some areas by Friday morning. Wind chills may go solidly below zero…

After that, hard to time systems will be diving in from the northwest, each bringing renewed arctic air and snow chances with them. There’s no real use to keying in on any one system on any one model run, because you will see them keying on different systems with each run…

A couple of those systems are really going to dig, but it won’t be until a day or two before that you really see it happening. What looks like a light snow maker could easily turn into something greater. Why?

Say hello to the Polar Vortex entering the country next week…

Wow!

I will have updates later today. I leave you with your regional radar to tack today’s rains…

Have a good one and take care.

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