Good afternoon, folks. Rounds of rain continue to roll across the bluegrass state, bringing the potential for local high water issues. I’m a littler more concerned about this potential than earlier, especially in the southeast. As our storm slowly moves by later Friday, a switch to some wet snow is still in the cards for some.

After that, we focus on the next system later in the Christmas weekend.

As always, let’s start with the system upon us. My thoughts really haven’t budged all week long:

  • Round of heavy rain will put down 1″-3″ rains across the eastern half of the state. Local high water issues are very possible, especially across the southeast. Watch those water levels!
  • Winds will increase and gusts may reach 30mph-35mph at times.
  • Cold air gets pulled in behind our departing storm on Friday. That means a mix of wet snow and rain then a switch to a period of wet snow for parts of central and eastern Kentucky.
  • Some light accumulations are possible, but the wet ground is gonna put up a fight to melt those falling flakes.
  • Watch for a few slick spots to develop Friday night and Saturday morning. All this rain and temps in the 20s will make for some icy spots.

I mentioned the high water potential showing up a little better than before. Check out the additional rainfall amounts from the GFS…

That has some 2″-3″ amounts in the southeast.

The NAM also has some 2″ amounts…

With a soaked ground and no vegetation, it doesn’t take much to cause high water issues in the mountains!

As far as the switch to wet snow and a few snow showers late Friday into Friday night, the NAM Fam isn’t budging on light, slushy accumulations…


Hi Res NAM

The GFS is in more of a Grinch mood…

Those higher elevations in southeastern Kentucky have the best chance to pick up on accumulating snow. There’s an outside chance for a quick thumper in the high ground there.

The next system arriving Sunday into Sunday night should bring a period of light rain and light snow to the area…

There could be a similar system arriving later Christmas Day.

Another big storm system is likely to move through here a few days after Christmas on Thursday. It’s the period after that next weekend that has my attention. My winter storm spidey senses are telling me to watch that period into New Year’s. Those spidey senses are 2 for 2 on the young season.

I will have the latest on WKYT starting at 4pm and another update on KWC later this evening. Until then, here are your soggy Thursday trackers…

Make it a good one and take care.