Snow and Bitter Cold Today

Good Wednesday, everyone and welcome to the frozen tundra of Kentucky. Snow and blowing snow are ushering in dangerously cold wind chills across our entire region. This is the true definition of harsh winter weather around these parts, but we’re not alone in dealing with it. Historic temps and wind chills are showing up across a large part of the country.

The early day snow system is a high impact travel event. 1″-3″ of arctic snows will fall in many areas, with blowing and some drifting snow showing up. This is actually making for some pretty awesome scenes playin out. Unfortunately, many roads are snow covered and may not improve much throughout the day. Stay safe if you’re travelling.

The main show of the day is the bitterly cold temps and dangerously cold wind chills. It may feel like -10 to -20 at times today into tonight. That’s in the danger category, so take all necessary precautions of you have to be outdoors for any period of time.

Another light snow maker tries to work across the state later tonight into Thursday morning. The greatest impact from this may be across the western half of the state. A few more travel issues are possible.

After another frigid day on Thursday, the Polar Vortex begins to lift out. That allows overrunning moisture to develop quickly Thursday night and Friday. I’m concerned about icy roads developing as a mixture of snow, freezing rain and rain moves in. It’s a setup where we have a frozen ground, with road temps well below freezing. Even for areas getting rain, icy roads can sometimes develop because of the frozen ground.

I’ll talk more about all that and what comes after that with my next updates. Until then, let’s do some tracking…

The Wind Chill Advisory is covering several counties also under the Winter Weather Advisory on this map,,,

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio

I-75 @ Newtown Pike

-75/I-64 Southern Split Lexington


I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

I-64 MP 97
I-64 WB @ MP 97

Mountain Parkway near Slade

Pine Mountain



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Bowling Green


Keep warm and stay safe today. Have a good one and take care.

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39 Responses to Snow and Bitter Cold Today

  1. Prelude says:

    Did Jefferson County in Louisville get a 1-3 inch snowfall? Sure looks that way to me judging by the traffic cameras. Looks like Louisville had there own separate overachiever snow compared to others.

    • Prelude says:

      Last thing what was the snow ratio for Louisville when the snow was falling it had to be ridiculous??

      • Ray says:

        Prelude, it sure looks like it. We’re getting light snow in Richmond as the wind is blowing it and making it appear as white out conditions

      • Mike S says:

        Through midnight, Louisville had officially recorded 1.3″. But, additional accumulation took place after midnight. The melted amount was just 0.03″ through midnight. That is an astounding 43:1 ratio.
        The numbers will be updated after noontime but would think Louisville came in between 1.5 and 2.0″. My place in Valley Station, I measured 1.3″ consistently, but that snow was blown all over the place

    • feederband says:

      I have 2.25 of snow on my deck and I’m about three miles due west of the airport as the crow flies. My yard is covered. It really picked up about 10 last nigh.

  2. Andy Rose says:

    I really do not understand this weather. I go to bed its 14 degrees an artic front is supposed to come through overnight I wake up and its 26 at 6 am

  3. Snow, at least an inch in Morehead, KY. Temp is 17 at 6:30, no school in Rowan County today, obviously. (as of last nights phone call) But, I really didn’t expect the snow…

  4. Schroeder says:

    Currently 12 degrees with about an inch of snow on the ground here in the hills of central Kentucky.

  5. Jim B says:

    I think we equaled our biggest snow fall of the year here in south central haha, and it’s collllldddd

  6. Mike says:

    15 this morning. That’s cold but not unusually cold. Perhaps the PV decided to hangout in Chicago. But we did get about 1/2 inch of snow – perhaps the most snow so far this winter.

  7. Coffeelady says:

    Thanks Chris. I have a favor to ask. Next time a winter weather advisory is issued leave Pulaski county out of it. We get more snow when we are not in one than we do when we are!!! But the extreme wind chills are a sure thing this morning! Whew! Wind chill cut you in half! Please stay in today unless you have to get out.

  8. Formerly from KY says:

    Kentucky home of the dusting snowfall.

  9. Dave L says:

    Queen Elsa must be in a bad mood!

  10. Bjenks says:

    Looked at radar at 10pm and little band of snow looked to be moving through Louisville. Seven hours and five properties later I was still shoveling snow and throwing salt. Snow ratios had to be 25-30:1 easily. Stopped snowing completely at 315. I’d say 2-3 inches total for most of my stops. NAM showed 0.5 and Canadian 1.5….yesterday morning. I would say overachiever.

    • feederband says:

      Definitely an overachiever. At ten last night, it was snowing and blowing around. Woke up with 2.25 at my place in LouMetro. School would’ve been called this morning due to the snow.

      • Prelude says:

        Yeah but my question is with the NAM and Canadian model showing anywhere between 0.5-1.5 was that at a 10:1 snow ratio? I saw a Twitter post where the snow ratio in Louisville was 40:1.

  11. Tom says:

    At 8:30 this morning Boone County Mesonet went below zero…first of several more to come over the next 24 hrs.

    • Jared from Letcher County says:

      The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a

      * Snow Squall Warning for…
      Northwestern Mason County in northern Kentucky…
      Robertson County in northern Kentucky…
      Bracken County in northern Kentucky…
      Pendleton County in northern Kentucky…
      Southeastern Clermont County in southwestern Ohio…
      Brown County in southwestern Ohio…
      Northern Adams County in southwestern Ohio…
      Western Pike County in southwestern Ohio…
      Southern Highland County in southwestern Ohio…
      Northwestern Scioto County in southwestern Ohio…
      Southwestern Ross County in southwestern Ohio…

      * Until 1000 AM EST.

      * At 907 AM EST, a dangerous snow squall was located along a line
      extending from near Hillsboro to Falmouth, moving southeast at 25

      HAZARD…Brief whiteout conditions. Near zero visibility in snow
      and blowing snow. Wind gusts up to 30 mph.

      SOURCE…Radar,webcams, and public reports.

      IMPACT…Dangerous life-threatening travel.

      * Locations impacted include…
      Maysville, Georgetown, Falmouth, Waverly, Mount Orab, West Union,
      Piketon, Peebles, Ripley, Aberdeen, Augusta, Winchester, Marshall,
      Sardinia, Seaman, Bainbridge, Felicity, Brooksville, Butler and
      Highland Holiday.

  12. Andy Rose says:

    Current temps is at 22 with a 21mph wind gust brings wind chill down to 3

  13. Jared from Letcher County says:

    The snow squall that just went through Jackson seems to have knocked their radar out…

  14. Prelude says:

    Louisville temperature is 5 wind chill-18 smh.

  15. KC says:

    Thank you Chris for all you do and especially for presenting the weather stats concerning this cold weather. I agree with you whole-heartedly.

  16. JimCVG says:

    Just hit Zero degrees at CVG.

    Sunny and breezy 16mph winds.

  17. Tom says:

    This was issued by WIlmington Ohio (covers northern Ky) at 9:30 today about the historical significance of the event: Although we may miss the time period of the coldest air aloft
    from our morning balloon/sounding, we certainly will be in rare
    air from a cold perspective — with models showing minimum H8
    temps of -30C by 18z over Wilmington, a feat that has only been
    accomplished several times per weather balloon climatology data
    dating back multiple decades. However, the arrival of the
    coldest air aloft will likely be around 18z, so it/s likely that
    either our 12z or 00z soundings will truly capture the near-
    record cold air aloft. However, one look at any of the forecast
    soundings shows how impressive/deep the stratospheric intrusion
    is/will be — with the tropopause (the separation between the
    troposphere and stratosphere) expected to fall to as low as
    3kft- 4kft AGL this afternoon — which is almost unheard of for
    these latitudes. This is what truly speaks to the rarity of this
    pattern that has evolved, even if daily records are not

  18. Troy says:

    Upper 60’s gonna feel incredible next week. I’ve now completely written off any snowfall over a dusting so hoping the temps trend warmer over the next couple months,

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