Early Saturday Thoughts

Good Saturday to one and all. The latest winter storm to strike the bluegrass state will quickly work on out of town this morning. Snowfall totals range from 1″-5″ across many of the areas we had been highlighting for snow. This was one of the wettest snows I’ve seen in a long while. It will quickly compact out there today.

We aren’t done with the flakes yet and those that missed out on the storm will get in on the action later today. A stout little disturbance will work southeastward into the state this afternoon and evening. Winds will pick up and temps will take a dive as snow showers and squalls become widespread across central and eastern Kentucky.

Accumulations will be a good bet with a lot of one inch or less snow across central Kentucky. Locally higher amounts will be possible across eastern and southeastern parts of the state. It could get pretty nasty again during the late afternoon and early evening hours.

Here’s regional radar to find the flakes…

Temps tonight will drop into the teens as skies slowly clear out. Highs will only hit the upper 20s and low 30s for Sunday as we await the next system to impact the state.

That moves in for New Year’s Eve and Day and should bring a swath of accumulating snows back into the bluegrass state. There could also be a zone of ice and a mix and that’s something for us to keep watch on.

I will have an update later today. For now… it’s finally off to bed I go after a 16 hour work day.

Happy Saturday and take care.

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147 Responses to Early Saturday Thoughts

  1. Andy Rose says:

    Promises Promises πŸ˜‰

    • LD says:

      I forget which area you live in, but I understand your sentiment. Berea received zero snow from this event last night. Hell, there’s not even anything frozen *anywhere*. I at least expected some ice on the car or something. We have yet to receive any snow so far this season, not even the “coatings”.

      People want to talk of “domes”, go deeper I say. Go deeper and discover that there are domes within domes within domes. Berea = Inception Dome and the only thing spinning like a top is my bewilderment at how it just keeps happening.

      • Kelly in Louisville says:

        Be glad you missed out on this one…I had about an inch and a half of very wet snow and it has since turned into a muddy mess of epic proportions. Yeah, the snow covered trees are pretty but walk underneath them and you just sink into the ground.

  2. Jen in Sadieville says:

    Sleep Snow Wizard! You so deserve it! Northern Scott Co. Is covered in this deep beautiful wet blanket of snow! Back roads are a mess, watching people try and get up the hill, they seem to be confused, looks like another one gave up and are now walking.

  3. MarkLex says:

    Yep – It’s very pretty out. It’s still snowing at this moment.

    Good day everyone πŸ˜€

  4. Chris Mercer says:

    Nice snow here in Lawrenceburg. Maybe 3 inches tops. Heard some sleet mix in again about an hour ago. Temp is 33.1. I see by some other comments we are very close to the rain/snow line.

  5. Becky says:

    Thanks for being so dedicated! We appreciate your hardwork and continual updates.

  6. BubbaG says:

    All north Madison got was about an inch if that. Rain and sleet killed it.

  7. turner says:

    up to 40 here in SW Breathitt Co. @ 1552 ft. a cold mist at times.

  8. KT says:

    We woke up to around 3 inches of wet, heavy snow in the Greenup area. Very pretty this morning!!

  9. WendyT says:

    Maybe an inch here in west Mercer Co.

  10. Coffeady says:

    So far here in Somerset all we have seen is a very cold rain. Right now, I would be tickled to just see a good heavy snow shower!

  11. mcftlf says:

    4.5 to 5 inches in western Franklin County

  12. Renee says:

    Maybe 2 inches on my front porch in Lexington, but I’ll take it. It should be a great snowman making snow…..even if it is small. When you have kids you’ll take anything you can get to get them in the snow. Thanks Chris. We appreciate your dedication!

  13. Chris Mercer says:

    I just shoveled the driveway and tried to accurately measure the snow in Lawrenceburg. Think my total is 3-4 inches. This is the largest snow I’ve had off an non-clipper since moving in this house in 2009. Not sure how long it had been before then. That snow also had an incredibly high water content.

  14. bgbecky says:

    Not even a drop here in Bowling Green πŸ™

  15. Joey Wilson says:

    About an inch in Owensboro and I’m happy to have it. Hoping for a better amount from the New Year’s Eve event. Gotta get all we can before this cold window closes.

  16. Reeneyinky says:

    Light snow in Russell…maybe a little over 1 inch on the ground. It is beautiful! Love it and bring on MORE SNOW!!!!

  17. Russ says:

    Nice, wet, muddy ground here in London. Bring on spring.

    • Emerson Biggins says:

      Russ, I’ll forget this one and continue your bet you had with everybody about Lexington getting no snow this year. It really wasn’t forcast to get the 3+ inches of snow that we ended up getting here and we can act as if it didn’t happen. Continue the bet starting today. STAY POSITIVE AND THINK SNOW

  18. Weatherdadof2 says:

    Light snow now in London…hoping for the upslope snow later today.

  19. SnowDogLburg says:

    Wet snow covering everything here in Larryburg……and I would agree with the 3″-4″ amount…….Ready for the next two rounds….

  20. weather blog troll says:

    Thanks Chris. We appreciate all your work!

  21. Deedlegirl says:

    Looks like a Winter Wonderland out here in Crestwood! Thanks Chris

  22. feederband says:

    It appears the next system will take a similar track as this last one. The end of next week looks very cold but no precip. The big H rules the roost. What a shame.

    • Lincoln says:

      Areas with snow could have some on the ground for awhile πŸ˜‰

      • bjenks says:

        Yeah…….Areas north of the river. Snow here in Louisville and South will be gone by end of day Sunday.

        • Kelly in Louisville says:

          It’s already turning into a muddy mess. I let my dogs out in it this morning so they could play in the snow and that was a big mistake. Took me forever to get the mud off of them. I saw where Brian Goode said the official Louisville total was 2.7 inches but I suspect he meant centimeters.

  23. Jen says:

    About 0.2 of an inch of slushy snow/sleet in Menifee County with temperature of 32.

  24. bjenks says:

    Thanks Chris for your long day of work. Might have 1.5 – 2.0 on my deck…Looks like North and South of Lou received more than the Metro. Although it looks nice sticking to all the trees and power lines this is not the trend buster we are looking for. 4-6″ With temps plunging into the the low 20’s for a few days is what we need. Looks like the Mon/Tue systems will be warmer than this last one and Southern IN will get most of the snow once again.

    • Which Way Is the Wind Blowing says:

      The new years event the GFS has Louisville receiving snow while the NAM shows rain. When in doubt go with the unfrozen liquid.

  25. Vinny says:

    NW Lexington, Masterson Station
    Measured several spots on my patio and other flat surfaces, and have an average of 2″.
    This is great snowman making snow for those of you who have little ones, get out there and take advantage of this. Kids LOVE snow, snowmen, sledding, snow angels…. (Sadly, all mine are grown)

    On a side note, radar suggests snow building back in western KY & Southern ILL… Let’s see how that plays out…


    • BubbaG says:

      Like the Steelers, us folks south of the river have missed out on the winter glory. Boo!

      Well, at least all the elitist on the “other side” of the river got snow. Us surfs that live outside the castle perimeter once again curse the evil fire dragon that guards the river moat!


  26. Ky Boy says:

    There isn’t even a flake in the air here in johnson county πŸ™

  27. Chris Mercer says:

    I know Lexington isn’t representative of all of KY. But after all the complaining, Lexington is now ABOVE normal in snowfall for season to date!

  28. Ben C says:

    I live close to Fayette Mall in Lexington and I got 4 inches of that beautiful fluffy white stuff.

  29. james says:

    About 3.5 in. here in SE Lex.

    • BubbaG says:

      About 0.5″ in N Rich. One day us snow deprived will rise up!! Tis’ the season of discontent!

      • james says:

        Funny how these systems set up a sharp cutoff. Your just a few miles down 75 from me and look at the difference.

      • Chris Mercer says:

        I think I-64/BG seems to be the real dividing line. The past four winters, this is the amount of snow I’ve recorded in Lawrenceburg, between 64 and the BG
        2012-2013 4.5” (four last night)
        2011-2012 8.0” (five on March 5)
        2010-2011 35.0”
        2009-2010 22.0”

        I saw someone in Madison County post they have had 24 inches in 8 years. Quite a difference in say–50 miles.

  30. pizzaman says:

    heres hoping all the storm systems stay north or south of sterling illinois(northwest corner of the state) all winter…we have gotten very little snow so far this winter with a current 25 temp and 13 wind chill…we are from lexington thats why i kinda follow this….thanks and keep up the good work

    • BubbaG says:

      There is always a bright side to no snow πŸ™‚

      1. No digging out a driveway!
      2. No power issues (we have them with heavy snow)
      3. Safer to drive
      4. No dag-burn kids disturbing my mid-day nap laughing and having fun outside in the snow.
      5. No wife whining that she can not get her car up the driveway early in the morning- which leads to item 1. πŸ˜‰
      6. No worrying about spending beer money on winter supplies to dig the driveway out or clean the walkway.

      I could go on and on with the obviously superior luck of NOT having snow. Actually, I feel sorry for folks that get a lot of snow….. meh.

  31. JJTeach says:

    3.5- 4 inches in Lawrenceburg/ Anderson County!

  32. lisaj says:

    Thanks Chris for all your hard work and dedication to your job and this blog.

    I’m in Versailles with snow and hoping for more. This time when the snow starts it will have something to stick to.

    Let it snow let it snow let it snow!!

  33. pizzaman says:

    just gonna add my friend in benton illinois(I-64/I-57) said he got 10 inches of snow so far out of these systems

  34. Lincoln says:

    Radar starting to build up to our west. I’d take another inch!

  35. Bernard P. Fife says:

    No snow in Monticello. Kentucky Winter storms = rinse & repeat!

  36. Ryan says:

    We got 3 inches here in Shelbyville.

  37. Dara says:

    Not happy!! It makes my skin crawl to see places less than an hour away with enough snow to make a snowman and we have a nasty cold rain. UGH! Thats my rant for the day….

  38. Mike says:


    Looking at the photos on Twitter is neat. The difference is stark — couldn’t even call what I have in my area of Madison county a dusting. Only a little bit on some rooftops.

    • Chris Mercer says:

      Amazing difference in perhaps 50 miles. I had over thirty inches in Lawrenceburg in 2010-2011 alone!

      • Mike says:

        Must be the river… Not kidding, the difference north / south and east / west of the KY river is stark.

        • Chris Mercer says:

          Well, I am about four miles East of the river as the crow flies. Probably 50 miles Northeast of you? (That’s a rough guess).

        • KRinRichmond says:

          I can’t figure out what a river has to do with weather and what happens but I often read about it and it does appear as if things happen north of the river that we don’t get here in Richmond. Just odd. Its not like the river is ocean moisture, it’s just a skinny river but for some reason it works into weather results.

  39. Mike S says:

    Sorry Bubba. Any consolation, my area in SW Louisville got dry-slotted for a time and only picked up 1.5″, most of it trying to melt away now. Areas just north of me got 3-4″.

    • Danny says:

      Mike, your right on the money I got an inch maybe inch an half at best im in Valley Station. Northern Jefferson county had around 4 maybe 5 inches solid we just missed that heavy snow band that set-up shortly after midnight.

    • BubbaG says:

      Yep, it was hit and miss. A telling sign was the fluctuation from mix, rain and snow within minutes. Was still funny to see the snow difference going across the bridge at Clays Ferry I75. Like a snow switch was tuned off. I have also seen that with two of our big ice storms (not the most recent one). Both cases nothing on the south side but nothing but ice devastation literally as soon as crossing the bridge.

  40. Wes says:

    Snowing here in Benham…starting to stick! Finally!

  41. Weatherdadof2 says:

    Snow/graupel falling in London is starting to collect on raised surfaces. Anyone have any explanation of why radar hardly picks up snow in Laurel County? Are we too far from Jackson radar?

  42. Teach says:

    5 inches in Cynthiana. Lots without power though.

  43. Chris Mercer says:

    Check out this from LMK. You can see where the fence set up last night.


  44. Todd says:

    3 to 4 inches in east Frankfort, EPIC!

    • Chris Mercer says:

      Same in Lawrenceburg. But i won’t call it epic since I had five inches as recently as March 5, 2012. Six inches would be epic πŸ™‚

  45. spencerlady says:

    Beautiful morning near Taylorsville! About 1.5 to 2 inches. Wet snow that is still sticking to the trees look wonderful!

  46. james says:

    Getting ready to take the kidos sledding at Jacobson park. Thought we better do it now, never know how long it will stick around.

  47. sue(flatwoods,ky) says:

    abt 2 or 2 1/2 inches here, my parents and all around them (RT 5 area) have had no power since last night! It is a wide area that is out, power crews are out working but still no electric for them,

  48. Tom N Lincoln says:

    I’m glad some lucky people got snow. However, in Lincoln county, we’re still high n dry. Not even a dusting here on the eastern end of Lincoln for the whole winter. Maybe some day, maybe someday.

  49. Andy Rose says:

    Looks like another miss for Knox Laurel Whitley areas seems what was suppose to be here this afternoon/evening isn’t in any hurry and won’t amount to much if any

  50. rolo says:

    need focus on this disturbance diving in, interesting to me. I think as it rotates thru u seea inhancement with precip like we do with upslope.

    rolo may be dummy but just thinking look interesting for 1-2 snow for some.

    spitting snow in maNCHESTER actually now snizzle as we called it in the hood.

  51. Todd says:

    Snow redeveloping north west of KY, East & Southeast ky should pickup 1 or 2 inches this eve!

  52. upslope says:

    upslope event may be an overachiever for us here in southeastern Kentucky..fetch off of the lakes looks pretty impressive..

  53. bjenks says:

    Great Louisville is in between to bands of snow…One in Western Ky and the other coming down Eastern IN to Eastern KY. Does not look like Lou will pick up anymore snow today. Oh Well….Enjoy the game everyone. GO CARDS!…..

  54. Joey Wilson says:

    Forecasted event for Mon-Tues looking less impressive by the moment. Looks like we’ve seen our best snow chances for awhile. πŸ™

  55. Todd says:

    Temperature has went up from 31 to 33 in Frankfort, I though it was going to get colder as the day progressed, come on Mother Nature don’t melt our snow?

  56. Joey Wilson says:

    Nice band of snow moving through WKY!

  57. Crystal In Pikeville says:

    A little sleet is falling in Pikeville hope we see snow tonight.

  58. Crystal In Pikeville says:

    I forgot the wind is really gusting.Come on some snow love please.

  59. james says:

    Radar starting to fill in between Lou. and B.G. and moving eastward. Be nice to see a little more snow come down.

  60. BubbaG says:

    Yes, I saw the good snow after crossing Clays Ferry bridge. It was like somebody turned a snow switch on the north side. To all you folks north of the river that got snow: MEHHHH!

    To all you folks to the north of the river that did not get a snow, we the people that dwell in the south stand untied with you! Down with the evil Dome and its oppression. Some folks in the north must have made a deal with the Dome, hence the snow. Yep, that is IT!

    Now, where are my meds??

    • BubbaG says:

      united not untied. Ah, same thing really in a deep, metaphysical sense.

      • Andy Rose says:

        well at least you got snow even though it didn’t last. Its not looking for for us today either

        • BubbaG says:

          I am more focused on the actual statistic of the misses. Seems uncanny. We need a plus 8″ snow to smack central Kentucky and bust the VERY long trend. 15th birthday next month for the trend. Boo!

          Other areas are welcome in on the action, but they are not part of this funky long trend.

    • BubbaG says:

      Some folks lost their power and will not have back until tomorrow. Heavy snow slamming or keep power. The latter is IMO better for us electric centric folks πŸ™‚

      That said, it would have been fun watching my kids dig snow off the driveway πŸ™‚ Mush!!!

    • Mike says:

      I’m with you on the river effect, uncanny. 8-6-24

  61. Cosmokramer says:

    Morgan County…am slush last night followed by cold rain….0 accumulation….could mow if it was dry enough….lol

  62. Cosmokramer says:

    ….and btw, not even a flake or drop today as of 3:50pm…Morgan County.

  63. Cole in McCreary says:

    Here in McCreary we have pretty heavy sleet mixed with light snow, windshields are covered.

  64. Crystal In Pikeville says:

    Snowing in Pikeville and 32,I love it.

  65. Earl says:

    One of the worst officiated halfs of basketball I have seen in my lifetime

  66. rolo says:

    was the only one to say look out for DISTURBANCE and look at radar blowing on up and now ADVISORY going up.

    were u at Bailey i see 2-4 inches in isolated spots/ 1-2 general

  67. Bernard P. Fife says:

    Wow guys another 12 inches & we’ll have us a foot in Monticello!

  68. Joey Wilson says:

    Hoping Chris’ update includes the New Year’s Eve/Day event AND the possible southern storm a few days later. That one could put much, if not all, of KY in a very favorable position for snow if the GFS trend continues.

  69. James Stamper says:

    Some slick spots on Kentucky 80 between Hazard and Hindman where the road runs along the mountain-top. Some people had actually pulled off the road.

  70. KeavyMan says:

    Been spitting freezing drizzle and sleet here in Keavy area all day. Now I have white coating my car and yard but it is the sleet. Snow just started falling here about an hour ago. I suspect that I will wake up in the morning with just frozen mud puddles that the rain causes here in the Laurel, Knox, & Whitley Super DOME! Agree Andy? Maybe if we hang signs in our windows stating we do not want snow…………………..we will get attacked by snow….hmmmmmmmmmmmm sounds like an idea…LOL

  71. Marsha says:

    Where is Chris no twitter nothing guess he has a life other then this blog hope he’sgetting some sleep….

  72. MIke says:

    When’s the next WAS? (Week away storm)

  73. Go Cards says:

    Yeah Go Cards.

  74. MikeM says:

    I need my new update fix.

    • sue(flatwoods,ky) says:

      : ) I have been ck every few mins thinking he would put out an afternoon post then i thought maybe an eve post! LOL

  75. Sam says:

    Bridges are extremely slick on the Mt. Parkway in Powell County between Stanton and Natural Bridge. Saw a truck on its top just before exit 33.

  76. Andy Rose says:

    4 systems 4 failed attempts at giving knox whitley laurel snow worth mentioning seems we are in a pattern

  77. Crystal In Pikeville says:

    Snow coming down pretty good in Pikeville,but according to the Radar it looks like the party is almost over.

  78. Mike says:

    OK — it is the end of the day and, drum roll please… , 8-6-24 still holds. In my part of Madison county we got a few flakes in the air and not surfaces of any sort covered or even close to covered. Oh but if include the snow that fell this afternoon… wait, I did!

  79. Todd says:

    A great day in east Frankfort, 4 inches of wet snow, temps dropping into the teens tonight, and the possibility of more snow to come, sorry about those who missed out to the south east, but that is the way winter is suppose to be! The last couple years you guys down that way have had more?

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