Good Monday, everyone. We have a wintry mix causing a few travel issues to start the day, but the main focus going forward is on the heavy rain threats lining up. The overall setup looks to make Kentucky the target for additional flooding issues over the next few weeks.
Let’s start with the messy morning for travelers. A mixture of light freezing rain, light snow and some sleet is working across the state. This is putting down an icy glaze, so please be careful on the roads. Things will improve later in the day as temps go above freezing.
I will get to your tracking tools in a moment.
As I mentioned earlier, the focus going forward is on a the potential for more flooding rains. The setup over the next few weeks looks to put Kentucky sandwiched between mild air in the southeast and cold air to our north and northwest. As these two air masses fight it out, that should lead to a very active storm track across our region.
While I expect some winter weather systems to try and sneak into the region, my concern is we end up with multiple heavy rain events. That would put our region right in the bullseye of potential high water issues…
Given the flooding we are still dealing with in some areas, the bluegrass state (and some of the surrounding states) won’t be able to handle much more water. Unfortunately, more is on the way and it comes this week.
Showers increase by Wednesday, with a rumble of thunder possible…
This sets the stage for the next heavy rain treat coming Thursday into Friday. A cold front drops in from the northwest and slows down, allowing for waves of low pressure to develop along it.
A general 1″-3″ of rain may fall across the state with this system, leading to another high water threat. Colder air should catch the back of the rain shield, switching it over to some light snow.
We will also have to watch for another wave of low pressure developing over the weekend, but there’s a much bigger signal showing up early next week. That may be another major rain maker around here.
Here are your icy morning tracking toys…
Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Fifth Third Pavilion Live Cam
I-75 @ Newtown Pike
I-75 @ Clays Ferry Bridge South
Between Lexington and Richmond
US 60 @ US 127
US 60 @ Chenault Road
I-64 at KY-801
I-275 approaching KY 20/Airport
I-71/I-75 at Buttermilk Pike
I-71/I-75 at 12th St.
I will have updates later today, so check back. Make it a good Monday and take care.