Good afternoon everyone. Freezing rain continues to fall across parts of central and eastern Kentucky and this action will FINALLY begin to wind down over the next few hours. Several thousand customers are without power across southeastern parts of the state because of the ice.
Light snow and flurries will continue across northern and northeastern Kentucky into the afternoon with minor additional accumulations. Your friendly weather dude picked up just over 6 inches of snow from this storm. Don’t hate!
I will get a new post on this afternoon to take a look at our next snow chances this weekend into Christmas week so check back for that. Take care.
Good morning to one and all. Let me say thanks for all the hard work you guys have been doing with this storm. It is because of your reports that the meteorological community across Kentucky was able to track the ice and snow lines with this winter storm.
Significant amounts of ice and snow cover much of the state right now. Parts of central and southern Kentucky continue to pick up freezing rain right now adding to the widespread icing. Many areas have picked up .25″ to .50″ if freezing rain with some amounts in southern and southeastern Kentucky working on one inch of ice! Wow.
Much of northern and northeastern Kentucky have picked up 3″-7″ of snow so far and it is still snowing in many of these areas. A few spots in northeastern Kentucky can finish with 8″ or 9″ of the white stuff before the snows wrap up early this afternoon.
I am happy with the overall forecast we put out. The only area I am not thrilled with is the transition area around central Kentucky as the freezing rain surged farther north than I anticipated. Nailing down exact lines of freezing rain verses snow is impossible to do… but I hate missing it for the folks in that part of the state.
Keep posting the weather conditions from where you live. I will have another update coming later… time for a small nap. Take care.
Good morning everyone. Just dropping by for a quick update and to say sleep is for the weak. haha Significant amounts of ice and snow continue to fall across much of central and eastern Kentucky this morning and this will continue into early this afternoon.
Areas across central and southern parts of the state will continue to see mainly freezing rain and sleet while northern and northeastern Kentucky gets in on moderate to heavy snows. The ice is of particular concern as we could see some power outages before all is said and done.
For the areas getting in on all snow… a general 3″-6″ of snow will be likely with local amounts to 7 or 8 inches.
Travel across the entire region is a mess and is dangerous this morning as roads are ice and snow covered. This is a good day to stay home!
Here is a look at some more snow and ice reports from the NWS in Jackson…
…SNOW AND ICE TOTALS ACROSS EAST KENTUCKY THROUGH 5 AM EST…
THE TOTALS BELOW ARE SEPARATED BY AMOUNT AND ARE NOT NECESSARILY
THE FINAL AMOUNT FOR EACH LOCATION.
INCHES LOCATION ST COUNTY TIME
—— ———————– — ————– ——-
4.0 FRENCHBURG KY MENIFEE 0422 AM
4.0 OWINGSVILLE KY BATH 0340 AM
3.0 CAMPTON KY WOLFE 0418 AM
3.0 PRESTONSBURG KY FLOYD 0405 AM
3.0 3 NE GUAGE KY BREATHITT 0400 AM
3.0 PIKEVILLE KY PIKE 0400 AM
3.0 WEST LIBERTY KY MORGAN 0344 AM
3.0 MOUNT STERLING KY MONTGOMERY 0338 AM
3.0 MOUSIE KY KNOTT 0254 AM
2.5 MOREHEAD KY ROWAN 0343 AM
2.0 HINDMAN KY KNOTT 0405 AM
2.0 PAINTSVILLE KY JOHNSON 0305 AM
2.0 ISONVILLE KY ELLIOTT 0300 AM
1.5 SANDY HOOK KY ELLIOTT 0405 AM
1.5 STANTON KY POWELL 0334 AM
1.0 FLEMINGSBURG KY FLEMING 0342 AM
1.0 4 NE JACKSON KY BREATHITT 0250 AM
0.2 INEZ KY MARTIN 0400 AM
INCHES LOCATION ST COUNTY TIME
—— ———————– — ————– ——
0.75 WILLIAMSBURG KY WHITLEY 0440 AM
0.50 MOUNT VERNON
KY ROCKCASTLE 0430 AM
0.50 HARLAN KY HARLAN 0410 AM
0.50 PINEVILLE KY BELL 0410 AM
0.50 BARBOURVILLE KY KNOX 0410 AM
0.25 ANNVILLE KY JACKSON 0410 AM
0.25 LONDON KY LAUREL 0403 AM
0.25 SOMERSET KY PULASKI 0402 AM
0.25 MONTICELLO KY WAYNE 0358 AM
0.25 LONDON KY LAUREL 0130 AM
0.12 CORBIN KY WHITLEY 0440 A
Ok… your friendly weather dude has to sleep some now. I will have updates as I can so be sure to check back. Until then… keep posting the weather where you live.
Here are some snow reports from eastern Kentucky…
0334 AM SLEET STANTON 37.85N 83.86W
12/16/2010 E1.50 INCH POWELL KY COUNTY OFFICIAL
SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 1.5 INCHES BEFORE CHANGEOVER TO
FREEZING RAIN. CHANGEOVER TOOK PLACE ABOUT 3 AM.
0338 AM SNOW MOUNT STERLING 38.06N 83.95W
12/16/2010 E3.0 INCH MONTGOMERY KY COUNTY OFFICIAL
PRECIPITATION IS NOW A MIX OF SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN.
0340 AM SNOW OWINGSVILLE 38.14N 83.76W
12/16/2010 E4.0 INCH BATH KY COUNTY OFFICIAL
0342 AM SNOW FLEMINGSBURG 38.42N 83.74W
12/16/2010 E1.0 INCH FLEMING KY COUNTY OFFICIAL
0343 AM SNOW MOREHEAD 38.19N 83.44W
12/16/2010 E2.5 INCH ROWAN KY COUNTY OFFICIAL
0344 AM SNOW WEST LIBERTY 37.91N 83.27W
12/16/2010 E3.0 INCH MORGAN KY COUNTY OFFICIAL
SNOW NOW BEGINNING TO MIX WITH SLEET.
0300 AM SNOW ISONVILLE 38.07N 83.05W
12/16/2010 E2.0 INCH ELLIOTT KY AMATEUR RADIO
0305 AM SNOW PAINTSVILLE 37.82N 82.81W
12/16/2010 E2.0 INCH JOHNSON KY AMATEUR RADIO
ALL CITY STREETS IN PAINTSVILLE ARE EXTREMELY SLICK.
It is becoming obvious the ice is coming farther north at a quicker pace than we thought. Freezing rain has surged northward through the Lexington area already. There is a lot of freezing rain and sleet yet to go and this will likely lead to significant icing for much of central and southern Kentucky. This would include Lexington and Louisville as well as many other cities. Ice accumulation may exceed a half inch and this may lead to power outages.
Farther north and east… moderate to heavy snows will continue into the overnight hours for such cities as Covington, Maysville, Morehead and Ashland to name a few. We will have to watch these areas as well as the freezing rain continues to work northward.
Roads are a mess across the entire region so please use extreme caution if you have to be out in this.
Keep giving us reports from where you live and I will update as needed.
Here are some snow and ice reports from the NWS offices…
0106 AM FREEZING RAIN MANCHESTER 37.15N 83.77W
12/16/2010 E0.25 INCH CLAY KY LAW ENFORCEMENT
0130 AM FREEZING RAIN LONDON 37.13N 84.08W
12/16/2010 E0.25 INCH LAUREL KY COUNTY OFFICIAL
FREEZING RAIN SOMERSET 37.08N 84.61W
12/16/2010 E0.12 INCH PULASKI KY COUNTY OFFICIAL
0124 AM SNOW HAZARD 37.25N 83.20W
12/16/2010 E1.0 INCH PERRY KY AMATEUR RADIO
SNOW BEGINNING TO MIX AT THIS TIME.
0205 AM SNOW 4 NNE GLENCOE 38.76N 84.79W
12/16/2010 M2.3 INCH GALLATIN KY TRAINED SPOTTER
Good Thursday everyone and welcome to our Winter Storm Tracker. The time has come for us to actually track the storm across the state and to do a lot of nowcasting. This is where you guys are so important to the weather community as you now have the voice. Let us know what is happening where you live by giving us frequent updates. Be sure to tell us your location so we can get a better understanding of how this storm is actually playing out.
Before we get to the tracking toys, a few thoughts…
– The forecast we have out appears on track and there is nothing I have seen tonight to change my thinking. A general 3″-6″ swath of snow will be setting up for northern and northeastern Kentucky. The southward extent of this is all depending on the switch to ice. Areas along and north of a line from Oldham Country through Madison County then southeast toward Perry and Letcher Counties appear to be in good shape for several inches of snow.This would include the Lexington metro. Somewhere in the region should see a band of higher amounts setting up with totals that can max out at 8″.
– The southern edge of the areas I outlined above will likely switch over to freezing rain to go on top of the snow and this may lead to some serious icing issues. Most of south central and southeastern Kentucky appear to be in line for a significant amount of freezing rain. Ice totals can exceed half an inch. This would be enough to lead to power outages in some areas and cause some trees to come down.
– Farther west toward the Louisville area and the I-65 corridor… any snow should change over to freezing rain with the potential for .25″ accumulation of freezing rain. Local amounts can flirt with a half inch. This would also be enough to cause some possible power issues.
– Travel tonight and Thursday is STRONGLY discouraged!
– This will be a fast moving system that will produce significant amounts of snow and ice within a 12-15 hour window for most areas.
Here are your tracking tools…
I will have updates as needed so be sure to check back. This is now mainly in your hands so help us out by updating the conditions from your hometown as much as possible.
Have a great and safe Thursday and take care.