A Messy Return Of Winter

Good Wednesday, folks. We have a taste of winter pushing across the commonwealth of Kentucky today. Rain and snow moves through as a storm system heads through the Tennessee Valley. This is normally a path that delivers a good amount of snow to the state. The problem with today’s system is the lack of true cold air in place.

That said… we may see this storm produce just enough cold air for a switch to snow for some areas. It may even come down hard enough to put down a slushy accumulation for a few spots. Temps will be above freezing and ground temps are fairly mild, so a lot of melting will take place.

Here’s what you need to track the action…

I-75 @ Clays Ferry Bridge South
Between Lexington and Richmond

View of Downtown

US 60 @ US 127
US60 @ US127

I-264 @ Freedom Way
Near Louisville International Airport
I-264 @ Freedom Way

I-71/I-75 at I-275
Near Covington
I-71/I-75 @ I-275

Courthouse Square

View from Courthouse

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

I-24 MP 7 @ US 62
I-24 MP 7 @ US62

The wintry mix will push out of the state late this afternoon into the evening hours.

Our Valentine’s Day forecast looks pretty good with some sunshine and temps in the low 40s. This is when we turn our attention toward an arctic front that moves in on Friday. That front will produce a wave of low pressure that is likely to bring a round of accumulating snows in here late in the day into Friday night.

Snow showers and squalls will then continue into Saturday and Sunday as arctic air spills in. Highs in the 20s and lows in the teens will be common. Gusty winds will make it feel much colder.

I will talk more about that with an update later today. Enjoy today’s ugly mix and take care.

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55 Responses to A Messy Return Of Winter

  1. Joe T says:


    • Mark says:


      But hopefully not too much in the way of…..tornadoes…..tornadoes…..tornadoes…..tornadoes.

      • bjenks says:

        Mark I agree….Kentucky was the Tornado capitol of the US last year. Also had more severe storm reports than any other state. Hopefully it is not a repeat. I love a strong storms, but without the destruction!!!

  2. Snowy Blowy says:

    I don’t blame Chris for no snow….But this constant blowing smoke about “right around the corner” is blah….I bet anything temps this weekend will not be in the twenties, but in the 30’s and 40’s. Winter doesn’t happen here in Ky. anymore friends…

  3. c-BIV says:

    Just a quick report out of Louisville area. Light snow and sleet has begun to fall. Seems the cold air is being brought to the surface. air temp is 39° currently.

  4. Andy Rose says:

    Rain Rain go away won’t be any mix here

  5. cosmokramer says:

    Will the Swath Monster be denied by his arch nemesis, the Slush Monster?……tune in this evening for the boring conclusion to Kentucky Weather and her frustrated weather persons …..

  6. BubbaG says:

    “This is normally a path that delivers a good amount of snow to the state. The problem with today’s system is the lack of true cold air in place.”

    Our Kentucky 33 degree rule for winter. Nothing really new CB, we have seen this on a normal basis for a long time. Thanks for your effort. The weather is what it is- better than ice at least.

  7. Joey Wilson says:

    Chris’ lack of comment about snow this weekend or early next week probably confirms models going more north with next week system. Again, we’ll get rain.

  8. Pat says:

    I ran into snow on the way to work in Richmond this morning around 6:00.

  9. c-BIV says:

    NWS out of Louisville special weather statement update now has a wide area of 1 inch of slushy snow possible. Seems the cold air aloft is pushing its weight.


    • bjenks says:

      Hince the word POSSIBLE…..It has been raining/snowing over my house all morning long. Although I still have dry pavement….HHHHMMMMM!!! I guess we will have to wait until NEXT WEEK…….BRING ON SPRING!!!!

  10. Israel says:

    Walked out my house here in Lexington. I don’t remember from anyone that it was gonna sleet (some snowflakes, no rain.) It accumulated a little but has melted. Darn you warm air!

  11. teach says:

    The rain on the radar isn’t hitting the ground here.

  12. troy says:

    Bring on Spring! Sick and tired of this persistent cold rain…. The rain here is becoming worse than living in Seattle.

  13. Coffeelady says:

    We have 36 degrees and a very cold rain falling in Somerset….as usual. Hope the weekend storm happens. If not, Chris, I am ready to do the spring dance. You know it is only 3 full weeks after this one that we go back on DST!

  14. In Lincoln Co. says:

    Seeing a few flakes in the Waynesburg area of Lincoln Co.! Hopefully this is just the start of it! 🙂

  15. Muddy says:

    Warm rain in Pine Knot this morning !

  16. Paul says:

    Had frozen rain (sleet?), snow flakes, and light rain in Scott County this morning. Must be trying to saturate that air. Although those little ice pellets came down pretty hard this morning! Those things hurt!

  17. WXEMGUY says:

    Hmmm….We might be seeing a NAM leaning trend considering how this is starting in Lexington…Time will tell.

  18. Marie says:

    Light snow in Lexington. Bring on spring!

  19. rolo says:

    right nowe the next storm look good for 1 64 SOUTH to get WSW criteria snow. but still time to watch next day or so model runs.

  20. It’s snowing nice steady flakes

  21. Teacher Nate says:

    so….which one is winning from the post yesterday afternoon….GFS or NAM?

    From my perspective, it looks like the Garden Food Service.

  22. WXEMGUY says:

    And here we go…winter weather advisory for 1-3 Inches in extreme north central KY…

  23. Bradc says:

    Nothing but rain in knott county

  24. Ashland lady says:

    Chris, where is Ashland’s cam at? Ours is no longer included but the long time broken one for Pikeville remains?

  25. bjenks says:

    Snow Picking up in Lou area. Might have to run out and get bread and milk.

    Anyone see the storm they are talking about NEXT WEEK!!!!

    • unclesi says:

      haha love it !! next week, i’m going fishing, next week I might play golf, hey next week it might be 60 degrees, or it could be 30 …… hey the only fur sure – it will really be next week.

  26. sue(Flatwoods,KY) says:

    Been spittin the snow off and on for the past hr.

  27. JIMMIEUKFAN says:

    Light snow falling in Lexington on UK campus. Where’s the rain?

  28. Dara says:

    So will this cold air trend hold as it moves into EKY or can we expect rain?

  29. Todd says:

    Dry slot in Frankfort area, looks like this system is trying to overachieve and Frankfort gets shafted by dry slot, Cinn area getting hammered and they were not even forecast as of last nite to get any significant precip?
    This has shifted north with more dynamics than seen last night?

    Northern ky probably gets a quick 2-4 inches!

    • WXEMGUY says:

      Careful what you wish for…its the heavy snow band moving into Louisville that is heading your way! That’s your 1-3 Incher if it holds together…which it seems to be for now.

  30. Woodsman says:

    No precip yet here, temps holding around 27.

  31. KellyinLouisville says:

    Very heavy snow in Louisville. By far the heaviest rate of snow since our big snow of March 2008. Nearly whitout conditions.

  32. Bernard P. Fife says:

    In Monticello- rain, rain, rain, rain. Then rain, rain, rain rain.

  33. Israel says:

    Looks like the NAM is winning, dynamic cooling occurred more than expected! Hopefully this is an overachiever for all parts of KY

  34. Rachel says:

    Pouring snow in richmond – temp dropped from 41 to 37 in 20 min. where I am. Hope it doesn’t get too bad before I have to head home to lex!

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