Good Sunday afternoon to one and all. Hurricane Sandy continues work work closer and closer to the history books. This storm is going to merge with a dip in the jet stream to give us a storm we’ve never seen before. That system will then work west and southwest toward our region and that will put us in line for some wild weather.
Let’s break it down:
- Rain across eastern Kentucky will continue to increase this afternoon and evening. Some sleet may mix in at times.
- Cold air will continue to funnel into the state this evening and overnight. I expect wet snow to mix in across southeastern Kentucky by Monday morning and some light accumulation will be possible in the high mountains.
- The models are trending colder tomorrow afternoon and evening. The GFS is now showing mainly snow or a mix of rain and snow for much of central and eastern Kentucky.
- Sandy makes the transition into an inland Monster Monday night and Tuesday morning as it works southwestward toward West Virginia. A huge shield of rain and snow will continue to overspread central and eastern Ky from the northeast.
- Tuesday will be an interesting day as rain and snow continues. This is a setup that features heavier precipitation falling as snow with lighter precipitation falling as rain or a mix.
- The potential remains for a possible crippling wet snowstorm for parts of eastern and southeastern Kentucky. Areas along the Virginia and southern West Virginia border have the potential to hit double digit snowfall amounts. I’m working on a first call map, but I do have a Snowfall Odds map ready to roll:
- That map is for the chance for, at least, some snow accumulation during this time. The farther east you live, the higher the chances. Our Winter Storm Threat is likely to be upgraded later today.
- Winds will become a big player as gusts to 50mph will be possible across the eastern half of the state.
- Put all of this together and we have an increased risk for powers outages for areas east of Interstate 75.