Thursday Snow Tracker

Good Thursday, everyone. We have waves of light to moderate snow pushing across the state today into early Saturday. This will leave behind the first widespread snowfall of the season, causing travel issues along the way. While this isn’t a big snow by any means, it will have a decent impact throughout the entire region.

Some quick highlights:

  • Today’s snow comes at us in waves, impacting different parts of the state at different times.
  • The first wave arrives this morning impacting the northern two-thirds of the state. The south and southeast has to wait a little bit for the snow to arrive.
  • The next wave fires up this afternoon and impacts much of the state through the evening.
  • Another band of light snow then develops across the central and east later this evening into the wee hours of Friday morning.
  • Moral of the story, all the snow does not come at once and you may see breaks in the radar between each wave.
  • How much will fall? This won’t be a perfect snow forecast (no such thing), but here’s my best stab at the totals into Friday morning…


  • Roads will become slick and a few may be snow covered at times. Delays and cancellations should be plentiful today and Friday.
  • The southern storm system may swipe southeastern Kentucky with some snow early Saturday. It’s a close call either way.
  • Bitterly cold air moves in for the weekend with highs from Friday through Sunday in the upper teens and low 20s. Overnight lows drop into the single digits, with an outside shot for some of the traditional cold spots seeing zero or a touch below.

We see a brief temp spike early next week, but that could be followed by a big drop and more winter weather. Here’s the European for Tuesday and Wednesday…


The Canadian is similar with another system following that up…


Let’s get back to today’s system and track the light snowfall across the region…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio

I-75 @ Newtown Pike

I-75 @ Winchester Road
I-75 @ Winchester Road

I-75 @ Iron Works Pike

I-71/I-75 at I-275
Near Covington
I-71/I-75 @ I-275

I-275 at Mineola Pike
Near Covington
I-275 @ Mineola Pike

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

Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway
Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway

I-64 @ I-264
I-64 @ I-264

I-264 @ Freedom Way
Near Louisville International Airport
I-264 @ Freedom Way

I-65 MP 92.4

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

US60 @ Chenault Road

US 60 @ US 460
US60 @ US460

US 60 @ US 127
US60 @ US127

US 127 @ Frankfort
US127 @ Frankfort KY

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

I-64 MP 97
I-64 WB @ MP 97

Mountain Parkway @ MP 36
Near Pine Ridge

I-75 at MP 36
I-75 @ MP 36

I-75 at MP 23

I will have updates later today. Make it a great day and take care.

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70 Responses to Thursday Snow Tracker

  1. Bjenks says:

    Verga storm so far in the metro

  2. MarkLex says:

    Which metro? In Lex I’m seeing very light snow, like EXTREMELY light – but it is snowing – but that radar looks so weak….I don’t know if other development is to occur or not. I know Chris said in waves – but if this is the first wave, it looks terribly weak on radar.

  3. msd87 says:

    Very precarious situation on the left edge of the Friday system for Knoxville/East TN. Looks like NAM and GFS have both shifted north/west a bit. Just one more shift and we could be in play. Very sharp cutoffs.

  4. Melva says:

    Snow showing up on radar in Huntington but not a drop in the sky. Cold as all get out though.

    Enjoy your day, friends.

  5. Drew says:

    How much snow is expected in Ashland by 3pm?

  6. Lucy says:

    Is the weekend storm now only coastal and a no-go for KY at all? Snow coming down north of Ohio looks lovely this morning.

  7. EF5snowfall says:

    Looks like around an inch and isolated pockets of 1.5 inches statewide.let’s wait for a real snow.

  8. bm says:

    Ground is cover here in far western,ky. Still coming down in moderate fashion

  9. retro fetch says:

    Ready for the snow in Lextown. I’m glad Chris is pointing to more chances down the road!

    • BubbaG says:

      The models are cruel. Recall the weekend was supposed to be the big chance a week out and now this small snow is the biggie.

  10. Rodger in Dodger says:

    “Heavy dusting” and still coming down in Rodger’s backyard this morning. Close to the back end of first wave and hoping the second wave doesn’t miss. Certainly not a big snow but better than nothing. Rodger in Dodger

  11. Andy Rose says:

    Still looking for the 1st flake nothing but virga for a while now

  12. london girl says:

    No snow falling yet in London. I keep eagerly looking out the window waiting for a few snow flakes. Thanks so much for the update Chris. Have a great snowy day!!

  13. kywildcat says:

    I’m throwing the Towel, maybe late Jan/Feb will be better

  14. Bjenks says:

    Looks like a nice little nuisance snow today. Hopefully next week will bring the real goods and not ice, as the Canadian is showing. To bad it has to warm up again. We may just be stuck in this pattern the rest of winter. A few cold days and a warm up. Rinse and repeat.

  15. Christopher says:

    Kids were out. But no sledding. Yet…

  16. EF5snowfall says:

    As annoying as you think I am.I’m obviously right.Truth stinks somtimes.We will get a big snow in early feb.

  17. Rodger in Dodger says:

    Rodger finds himself under one of those precious heavier bands. Picked up a quick inch at his house! Rodger in Dodger

  18. appsman says:

    New 12Z NAM getting interesting for southeastern Ky this weekend. Will be interesting to see the 12Z GFS.

  19. Crystal In Pikeville says:

    Starting to snow already lightly in Pikeville.

  20. Troy says:

    12Z 4K NAM looking very interesting for southern counties boarding Tennessee (as well as East Tennessee) Fri-Sat. Very interesting!!

  21. corey says:

    Ground covered here in greenup and looks like we got some heavier bands on the way

  22. Robin says:

    Heavy snow in London.

  23. Mike S says:

    With just a smidge over 1″ so far in Valley Station, another moderate band is approaching before tapering off for a bit…

  24. jim b says:


  25. Mike S says:

    Better measure as soon as it lets up a little, already melting on my driveway and cars thanks to daylight, even though 25 degrees. 1.3″ so far on snow board in Valley Station.

    • c-BIV says:

      MIke, you beat me so far!

      right at exactly 1″ on my deck in Eastwood, about a mile east of Valhalla.

      You are correct, too. The snow on the roads is completely gone.

  26. BubbaG says:

    CB, so far the winter has panned out as your outlook stated. Watch out for models seducing you into big snow. This weekend is a good example. The models looked good a week out.

    “We see a brief temp spike early next week, but that could be followed by a big drop and more winter weather” You stated this also in your outlook and also not much snow- panning out so far. Stay frosty!


  27. Blizzardtim says:

    Appears that the GFS and Nam both have NW shift for southern event pushing snow back into east TN and SE KY as of the 12z runs..

  28. Bjenks says:

    Band of snow setting up literally 2 miles south of my house between the Watterson and Gene Snyder. Most of Lou in a Donut hole for the rest of the way.

  29. Jared says:

    Close to 3 inches of snow already in southern Perry County.

  30. Cold Rain says:

    Driving through Perry and Knott on ky 80 the roads are slick..Starting snowing about 8:30.. Looks like around 2 inches and still coming down at a moderate clip..Think this is gonna be an overachiever in these parts..

  31. corey says:

    Heavy snow falling here in greenup… Got a good.inch on the ground so far

  32. Bernard P. Fife says:

    Sun is shining in Monticello for the past 15 minutes. Thelma Lou is rather confused.

  33. Justin says:

    Have probably near 2 inches in Eubank and got to Somerset and there is hardly any snow on the ground

  34. Matt says:

    Looks like the heaviest band set up farther south (and quicker) than models thought.. It’s bad here in southeast Ky. Wrecks everywhere, cars stranded, school buses with kids stuck. Tough day for emergency responders.,

  35. Cold Rain says:

    Looking at the earlier Nam 3km model it shows 7-8 inches creeping into parts of Letcher and Harlan on the Tenn. border..

  36. Troy says:

    Even though radar has shown snow over my area all morning, Middlesboro has yet to see the first flake. Super virga!!! Actually as I write this the sun has just come out.

    Oh well, NAM and the Canadian showing us getting a bit of action from the Fri-Sat southern system.

  37. Dorton says:

    So far, about 2 inches in southern Pike County.

  38. Clay County says:

    Pouring the snow in Clay county. We got about 3 inches earlier today from the first wave that went through.

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