High Impact Winter Storm Moves Away

Good Sunday, everyone. Our winter storm is finally winding down after producing high water producing rain, heavy snow, blowing snow, freezing rain, sleet, whiteout conditions and a major temperature drop. That pretty much sums up our storm system. 🙂

Many roads are covered with snow and ice to start our Sunday and travel is not recommended. Blowing snow and small drifts are even an issue in several areas. The steady falling snow tapers off in eastern Kentucky this morning, but a few flurries or snow showers will be possible through the day.

There’s also another weak system diving in from the northwest later today. That may have a band of light snow with it as it approaches the western half of the state. Highs today are mid teens in the north and low 20s south. Wind chills are in the single digits or near zero all day. Actual lows tonight reach the single digits and may head close to zero in the north.

I will have your tracking tools in a bit.

Folks, I have not been shy about where I thought the second half of winter would take us. With our second winter storm in a week now behind us, we are off to a good start to this harsh pattern. Well, I think this is the tip of the iceberg, no pun intended.

Our next system arrives Tuesday as a modified arctic front approaches. Temps do spike ahead of this with some showers developing by Tuesday night. As the front slides through, a wave of low pressure develops along the front and throws another round of winter weather at us Wednesday and early Thursday. That will be followed by another snow maker with a true arctic front on Friday…

That is followed up by a system that can REALLY dig in here by Saturday and it has another system right on its heels…


New GFS…

This pattern ain’t playing around! I will get more into all that later today. Until then, I have you all set to track the latest storm out of town…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio

I-75 @ Newtown Pike

I-75 MP 127

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

I-64 MP 97
I-64 WB @ MP 97

Mountain Parkway @ MP 36
Near Pine Ridge

Mountain Parkway near Slade

Pine Mountain


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

I-65 @ 234
Near Bowling Green
I-65 @ 234

Natcher Parkway MP 5
Near Bowling Green
Natcher Parkway @ MP 5

US 41A Gate 5 Fort Campbell Entrance
Fort Campbell
US 41A @ Gate 5


I-24 @ US 60 MP 4

I-24 MP 7 @ US62

Have a good one and take care.

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36 Responses to High Impact Winter Storm Moves Away

  1. Suzanna Starr Williams says:

    Looks like we’re in for a bumpy ride! Thanks for all your hard work Chris!

  2. Russell says:

    Now this is more like it!

  3. Allen says:

    Looks like between 1 and 2 inches of snow southside of Lex. Was hoping for more but it also looks very icy which I could do without. Here’s hoping future systems produce much less rain and much more snow.

  4. Schroeder says:

    Storm rain total : 1.43 inches. Snow depth at 4 inches here in my yard in Taylor county.

  5. Andy Rose says:

    It rained then it got cold nothing unusual in my backyard.

  6. Chris Bowles says:

    Did the majority of us south of Ohio River, hit 3″, or up to 8″?

  7. Winterlover says:

    Where’s the naysayers saying all we gonna get is backside flurries

    • Andy Rose says:

      That is all I got and like most others only concerned with my back yard

    • BubbaG says:

      Richmond got an inch, if we round up. Looking at the cams even in the broader areas, not seeing how this was a winter storm for all but boarder areas. Still not appreciating what the other storm was either….

      Has our definition of winter storms shifted to all the above? Based on some tweets, some folks might be referring to drifts 😉

    • Jimbo says:

      Not sure yet about total rainfall but I surprisingly did pickup around an inch of snow. Brings my yearly total to a little over 2 inches. Far below normal. But beggars can’t be choosers. Hope it stays cloudy here so it hangs around a little while.

      • Terry says:

        Yes! My snow wishing for you paid off….lol….I did think you were going to get more than me this time! I was going to not post until Monday but I don’t feel so left out as no one really got much with 3 inches as the higher end out north and west!

        My season-date is also between 2 and 1/2 to almost 3….terrible but maybe better soon!

    • Josh says:

      That’s about all Ashland got is back side flurries so yes here I am the naysayer.

  8. MarkLex says:

    It’s still snowing in Lexington atm. Not heavy, but overcast and looks frigid out. This happens SO many times…….the first half of winter is snowless and then the second half of winter arrives with snows/cold and a LATE spring.

    People were talking about the only blizzard we had was the one in the 70s? I thought the Feb ’98 dusting was a blizzard……I mean, there was wind with it and heavy snow and snow drifts. It drifted over my backyard fence and satellite dish. I think Lexington got 18 inches and Louisville got 22. It’s pretty vivid in my mind because I had not lived here that long at that point…….and I remember thinking the winters here must be really bad. To me, it was comparable to the 93 superstorm when I was living in NC. There we also had 18 inches of snow and lots of wind.

    • BubbaG says:

      Got one in 94. I75 was shut down. Temps are also a blizzard factor. 98 stayed around freezing.

      What was the other storm we got this year, and did this fit the criteria for one? Not being a smarty pants, but will admit when I’m confused. Not referred to frozen accumulation?

      • BubbaG says:


        • Prelude says:

          Temps are not a requirement for a blizzard factor. It’s wind 35 mph or greater and visibility of a quarter of a mile or lower for a three straight hour period. I know a lot of people think that the winter storm of 1998 and especially the winter storm of 1994 were blizzard’s but they were not. At least not in the Ohio Valley. Granted both them storms were memorable but not blizzard’s.

          • MarkLex says:

            well the superstorm ’93 was a blizzard for sure……and I saw no difference in the level of white out with either of them.

            • BubbaG says:

              Yeh, 93…..

              Point here still being, if we have already had two storms- where was the snow then and not much now. Not adding up in regards to being snow storms. Even using fuzzy math.

  9. feederband says:

    I have 2.25 inches in south LouMetro. Looks like the early models hit this one. No major snow totals south of the river. South Central IN hit it big with reports of 8″ in Bedford IN.

    • BubbaG says:

      Everybody loves them there cherries- even the mets 🙂

      Seriously though, the average of the models fit the forecasts- catch is the models ain’t exactly accurate. Seems the mets need to go old school 🙂

  10. Emily Martin says:

    East Kentucky has yet to get a winter storm. The most snow we had all year came inNovember. Right now our ground isn’t completely covered. Do you think we will get in on some of this white stuff. Bought the kids a sleigh this year would love to try it out. Western and central Kentucky has had it all so far. Very discouraging

  11. Bernard P. Fife says:

    Nothing but backside flurries in Wayne County, very few flakes at that. I guess we’ll see what the next systems bring but confidence is low as daytime temps are forecast above freezing in this part of the state.

  12. Coffeelady says:

    Thanks Chris. Woke up to a skiff of snow and streets and sidewalks are a solid sheet of ice. Looks not bad out there but if you look at the street in front of the house you can tell it is solid ice! Got a big pot of chili made and plenty of peanut butter and milk! ( and bread!) 😉 Stay warm and safe everyone. Here’s hoping the next one brings us snow instead of over 2.5 inches of rain. Have a good Sunday all.

  13. Faye says:

    Chris, when you made your list of all the things this storm brought, you left out the touch of sunshine and the beautiful double rainbow. Anyway, got about 1 1/2 to 2 inches of snow in my part of Jessamine. Hard to measure as the wind has blown the snow around.

  14. Winterlover says:

    About 3 INCHES of snow here in my next of wood at western ky.

  15. Rachel says:

    I know everyone keeps saying the GFS is out to lunch, but I feel like the past two storms the GFS has been spot on with totals here in Louisville. We have between 1.5-2 inches outside my apartment. Most of the other models had us with anywhere from 4-8 inches consistently.

  16. Snow lover says:

    Hardly anything in Columbia,KY and melting quick with the sun.

  17. Rodger Dodger says:

    Rodger will take his 2″ or so but those short term models yesterday morning showing 8″+ along the river were a huge bust! Going forward looks interesting – hopefully Mr Bailey’s ideas on the winter’s second half will prove true. Rodger will say that Mr Bailey’s talk all last week about the second low taking over was very good forecasting. Rodger in Dodger

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