Thursday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon, everyone. Snow showers and flurries continue to fly, as bitterly cold air keeps control of our weather. These snow showers have been putting down light accumulations, leading to some snow covered roads.

These snow showers continue off and on through tonight across, especially eastern and southeastern Kentucky. At the same time, a streak of light snow targets the western half of the state. The Canadian Model has done great with this setup and shows both systems well…


Additional travel issues will be likely in these areas through early Friday.

Once again, the bitter cold steals the show…

  • Brutally cold temps show up for Friday and Saturday mornings. Lows range from -5 to +5 with wind chills dropping into the -5 to -15 range. Those numbers are into the danger category.
  • Highs Friday and Saturday are mainly in the teens.


The evolution of the Sunday/Monday system continues to be a work in progress on the models. The actual low passes by to our south, so we aren’t getting some big southwesterly push of air in here. The models continue to erode the arctic air out way too quickly. Still, the Canadian Model has the mix potential…

With the frozen ground, things can get icy in a hurry, even if your air temps gets above freezing.

I will update that potential on WKYT-TV starting at 4pm and with your evening update. Until then, let’s track some snow showers (the ones actually showing up on radar)…


Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio

Fifth Third Pavilion Live Cam
Downtown Lexington

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

US 60 @ US 127
US60 @ US127

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

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead




Have a great afternoon and take care.

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41 Responses to Thursday Afternoon Update

  1. Winter lover says:

    Finally my neck of woods here in Western,ky is on the snow map. If we can get the weekend system track a little further south and let the cold air in chances would be greater for a snow event. I’ve seen it happen maybe mother nature will pull a trick out of the sleeve for it to happen.

  2. Dawnp007 says:

    OH HAIL, Chris Bailey, KING OF THE KY TUNDRA!!!
    Praying for a big snow to come our way soon!!

  3. MarkS says:

    As predicted, cold rain…haha

  4. Formerly from KY says:

    It’s seems funny that places like South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia and Georgia have gotten more snow than Kentucky.

  5. Port;and Weather Dude says:

    Chris, that you for your insight on the weather and your devotion to us all.
    Here in north Louisville, just barley a small dusting so far for this winter as far as snow goes. In my area of town, a lot of frozen pipes, and some power outages due to the extreme cold.
    I do not want any ice this Sunday into Monday, and I do believe the models will trend colder. I am praying for a nice little 3″ snow system.
    I’d be happy and then ready for spring and planting the garden 🙂

  6. Port;and Weather Dude says:

    Thank you!

  7. Lucy says:

    Wanting cold air for the weekend.

  8. Todd says:

    Ready for spring, had enough cold dry conditions, ugg

    • Schroeder says:

      It’s very possible that the coming January thaw will last through February and March with a surprise April freeze.

      • Bobt says:

        Sounds good to me. Rather have warm than cold and dry.

      • Schroeder says:

        You know this winter has been very uneventful as far as getting any snowstorms and I have a strong feeling that our wasted ‘ cold air ‘ is coming to an end, and that is fine by me. I’am pulling the plug on this winter and hoping for some decent spring rains. Maybe, November, December 2018 and winter 2019 will be snowy and not as cold and dry. See ya !

  9. BengalFan says:

    I don’t like that we r not gething much snow as well, but come on. ..wanting Spring Jan. 4th????
    June 1st, let’s say man I want Fall.

  10. Rodger in Dodger says:

    It’s getting very hard to give two cents about “winter storm systems” a week out. They never pan out! This dry cold is getting very boring. Rodger in Dodger

  11. Jimbo says:

    Ice will not be a problem in the Huntington area. It will just be a cold rain. Any ice will be in southeast Ohio. Rain always wins in the tri-state. I don’t want ice anyway. I am a snow lover but I am so tired of this wasted cold.

  12. Jimbo says:

    Chris said the keyword for the Sunday system. Big Southwest push, that tells you all you need to know about what type of precip. It will be……..rain.

    • Rodger in Dodger says:

      Jimbo, Mr Bailey said the low will go to our south so there WON’T be the southwest push of air that occurs when lows go over our area or to the north; that leads to Warm Air Advection (WAA) which always brings rain.

      Mr Bailey believes the models are having problems recognizing all our cold air and the cold ground which could lead to A) more frozen precip, B) rain freezing at the surface or C) both. The big storm on the east coast isn’t helping the models be accurate with our weekend storm either.

      So … as usual, we’re looking at “who knows what this weekend.” The weather is just about the only thing mankind hasn’t figured out how to manipulate.

      • Jimbo says:

        My mistake. I misread. But I a still going with an all rain event. Especially since everywhere I am reading national and local have a warm up coming. My locals have 50 and 60 degree highs after next Monday.

      • Oh Hail No! says:

        Very well stated Rodger, IMO.

        The Licking River has ice on the surface between Covington and Newport. The Ohio River may join it by Sunday morning. The ground is very frozen as CB has said several times. It is currently in the 20s, 30s, or colder in all of the southeast states but Florida with a lot of snowcover to our SE, E, and NE. It is hard to imagine going over to all rain on Monday in Cinci. Very interested to watch the next several model runs!

  13. MarkLex says:

    Let’s just say the mon/tues system is an all winter event – it looks like the days following it will be in the mid-40s F during the day….and sunny. Of course, that’s 6 days away. I never get excited about a big winter storm of the very following days are well above freezing with sunshine.

  14. B H says:

    You want the low to past to your south about 100 to150 miles to get the snow. If it goes right over you it will be rain or a mix.

  15. Skiwee says:

    Cold air in place and a storm to track south. Sounds like a recipe for a snowstorm? No not here! Maybe if you live in Georgia. SMH!

    • Schroeder says:

      If you have an upper level system with cold air aloft ( clipper ) in combination with the surface low you will have a snow event.

  16. BubbaG says:

    Seems the end result is cold rain for the system. Not seeing much beyond that. Evening forecasts appear to concur to this. Kentucky is one big fence.

  17. Snow way in Hail says:

    After the past 3-4 Winters of not having ANY snow whatsoever, I do believe it’s time to make a move here soon. Kentucky is a great place to live, but i love the snow and working in it. I do believe this is how our new climate has come to change in this lifetime and from here on, we probably won’t be seeing any significant snows, maybe 1-2 every 5-6 years or so… Wisconsin or Colorado, thats the place to be! Too bad it can’t be home 🙁

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