Snow Returns For Parts Of Kentucky

Good Sunday, folks. Our fickle winter storm is having another mood swing today, bringing another round of accumulating snow to parts of the region. While the north gets the most, a period of light snow later tonight could impact other parts of the state.

Northern Kentucky continues to be in the line of fire for the possibility of a few to several more inches of snow early today. Here’s a look at the current Winter Weather Alerts for this area…

We actually have the models on a similar page in showing the far northern parts of the state getting in on the early day snows, with some lighter stuff into the rest of central and eastern Kentucky later today into tonight…


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A few flakes are leftover on Monday with a seasonal chill taking us into the middle of the week. The next system moving in for Thursday and early Friday is a light rain maker, but it sets the stage for another monster of a storm system this weekend.

That system still has a long way to go before it shows us exactly what that means for our weather, but the early signs are for rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow to go along with a huge temperature drop.

This is a low forming along a modified arctic boundary sliding in from the northwest. How far south that arctic air gets before the low pops will be the deciding factor on what track the storm takes.

The models all have a big storm with every form of precipitation for Kentucky…

New version of the GFS

The European Model is a February 2003 redux

The Canadian


That’s a heck of a look for a wild storm system in our region and may be one of several hefty systems to impact us over the next few weeks, at least.

The GFS Ensembles snow forecast for the next 2 weeks is not holding back…

That’s the average of 21 different runs.

Temperatures may also be going to the extreme across much of the country. Look at these  departures…

That’s some crazy cold and it’s echoed by the average of the 21 member GFS Ensembles…

Remember, those are in Celsius and not Fahrenheit.

This pattern isn’t going to mess around and could wind up to be a memorable one for much of the country.

I will hook you up with updates later today, so check back. Until then, here are your early Sunday snow and rain tracking tools…

Until then, track away…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio

I-75 @ Newtown Pike

I-75/I-65 Northern Split Lexington

I-75 MP 127

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

I-64 MP 97
I-64 WB @ MP 97


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Have a good one and take care.

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34 Responses to Snow Returns For Parts Of Kentucky

  1. BubbaG says:

    I will pretend CB did not mention freezing rain and 2003.

    • Terry says:

      My thoughts are we will have to deal with ice at some point over the next several weeks if the subjet keeps roaring with arctic air entrenched over us. SE KY doesn’t see a lot of freezing rain events due to downslope effect (warming winds) as most lows go over or to the west of us leaving us in cold rain but I have seen a few, nothing like you all had in 2003!

  2. Chris Mercer says:

    Nearing the halfway point of winter of so far its been very mild. Temps in December finished about 5 degrees above normal in Lexington and so far January is 7 degrees above normal. If the cold that is coming balances this out to even normal, it will be brutal cold!

  3. Jim B says:

    Count on moderate cold and rain for most, some snow for north and east ky for end of the week, the beat will roll on..

  4. Schroeder says:

    On a station out of Louisville yesterday evening they featured video of Children sledding and building snowmen. This has lifted my mood of winter time depression. Yesterday morning on my metal roof about two inches of snow fell. I can tell because the standing seams are two inches tall.

  5. Schroeder says:

    When the frigid cold in Alaska abates and a high pressure ridge develops along the west coast then I will believe that Arctic air will enter the central US and clears the gulf coast states into northern Florida. Whether there is an active subtropical jet to supply moisture to the Ohio Valley is yet to be determine. All storms have two components, a positive and a negative to become a complete storm. This is happening right now along the east coast where a foot of snow is forecast to fall.

  6. Jimmie says:

    Another 2003-caliber ice event will provide all the remaining motivation I need to move.

  7. Keavyman says:

    Finally got me some snow! After I moved to Ohio, SEKY got hit with double digit snows. Got a little over 8″ and still snowing.

  8. Coffeelady says:

    Thanks Chris. Looks like a busy pattern taking shape but please tell it to skip us with the ice! If the analog years pan out, we are in for a couple of really good snows before winter is done. So we will see! Have a great afternoon everyone.

  9. Jimbo says:

    Here we go again.

  10. Rodger Dodger says:

    Most afternoon models taking the snow next weekend well north of KY. Maybe some ice along the river – maybe! Euro showing a chance. Long way to go. Rodger in Dodger

    • Jimbo says:

      Yes, local news in my area has temps in the 60’s next Saturday with thunderstorms possible.

    • Which Way Is the Wind Blowing says:

      Bank on dry cold weather after the rain leaves next weekend.
      Although, we might have an occasional clipper drop by into our neighborhood.

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