Tracking A Spring Snowfall

Good Friday, folks. It’s an interesting weather day taking shape across Kentucky with the 60 degree temps and the potential for slushy snows settling in. That sentence actually sums up Kentucky weather pretty well. Beyond this, there’s another chance for some rain and snow by Sunday night. Whaaaaaaaaaat?

Highs today make a run at 60 in several areas with a mix of sun and clouds. Late day showers increase, with the rains becoming steady by the evening. That’s also when temps crash from northwest to southeast, leading to a band of snow taking over. This is likely to put down slushy accumulations for much of the region…

Some local 4″ amounts may still try to show up in the southeastern mountains. I will get a final call out later today.

Those numbers are still not set in stone as we track just how much moisture that low can throw back into the colder air. With temps dropping into the 20s late tonight, some slick roads may develop for a time.

Here’s a look at the current advisories and warnings…

Whatever falls will melt very quickly on Saturday, as the warm ground and the April sun take control. Temp rebound into the upper 30s and low 40s. Sunday morning lows can make a run toward 20 degrees in some of the colder valleys. Ouch.

Our next system rolls in here very quickly by late Sunday into Sunday night. That will bring another round of rain and snow across the state…

Light accumulations will be possible during this time. It’s difficult to really put into perspective how rare it is to be talking about back to back snow systems in April.

The first half of next week will continue to run well below normal, but things improve greatly by the end of the week. Temps may hit the 70s during this time. That said. I’m already picking up on a strong storm threat a few days later.

I will update things today, so check back. Make it a good one and take care.


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10 Responses to Tracking A Spring Snowfall

  1. Allen says:

    Wow, what a change in forecast from 48 hours ago. NWS said unusually high agreement in models indicating 3-6 inches of snow for Lex. That should have been the tell-tell sign!
    Now saying around an inch. Gotta’ love those models!
    Ya’ll come out to Keeneland tomorrow!!

    • BubbaG says:

      But they really weren’t. The models consistently showed an eastern progression after each update, except for the fluke model updates two nights ago. Even now the trend has continued. I’m more surprised mets did not point this out. Just look at the model average that CB posted for each update. The update 24 hours ago that sowed a sudden western shift did not fit and seemed odd. Still makes no apparent sense how they seemed to almost all do that.

      None the less, any snow on the ground this time of year is trippy.

  2. TennMark says:

    A few EF2 tornadoes from Tuesday have been uncovered in our general region, including one in southern Illinois and another in western Kentucky. But mainly EF0 and EF1 tornadoes plus damaging straight line wind events.

    As was pointed out earlier, mind numbing that Xenia OH get a tornado (even if only an EF1) on the anniversary of their horrific 1974 twister.

    Thankfully, no serious injuries thus April 3 2018 will likely be relatively forgotten over time compared to April 3 1974.

    NWS Paducah
    https://www.weather.gov/pah/2018_Apr3_EventSummary

    • TennMark says:

      NWS Louisville
      https://www.weather.gov/lmk/severeweather04032018

      Interesting that one of the Boyle County KY tornado damage photos gives the appearance of textbook EF2 damage with the missing roof. Apparently NWS investigators concluded that the roof anchoring was sub-optional thus only an EF1 rating.

      • TennMark says:

        Whoops, that of course should be sub-optimal.

        Not enough morning coffee I suppose, along with me having to hurry as I was due at the office…….

    • BubbaG says:

      The Xenia tornados were curved on the side. Made them look even more scary.

    • Shawon says:

      The same cell that produced the tornado near Xenia on Tuesday also produced an F1 tornado in Grove City, OH where my cousin lives. No injuries.

  3. Jimbo says:

    Festive flakes for a few.

  4. Schroeder says:

    Thanks Chris for the update. I hope it snows buckets !!

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