Sandy to have a big impact on Kentucky

Good Monday everyone, and welcome to a busy week of weather. Hurricane Sandy continues to close in on the New Jersey coastline today. This storm will go into the history books because it will make the transformation from a hurricane to a powerful nor’easter that produces a snowstorm for some residents. That has never happened before.

Sandy will hit the mid-Atlantic this evening and work toward the southwest, throwing rain, snow and high winds our way by later tonight and Tuesday. Here’s what I’m thinking:

- Rain across Eastern Kentucky today will mix with snow this evening. That whole batch of precipitation will expand westward into central Kentucky by late evening and overnight.

- Cold air will continue to be drawn into the mix, and we should see a prolonged period of mainly snow across Eastern and southeastern Kentucky overnight and Tuesday morning. That will set the stage for the possibility of several inches of slushy snow that could cause some power problems.

- The odds aren’t quite as favorable for accumulating snow into central areas of the state. Here’s my updated forecast:

- The latest computer forecast models show a lot more snow than what I’m forecasting. I am taking the conservative route because of warm ground, but I must admit that the GFS snowfall forecast is impressive:

- The prime time for wintry weather will be tonight into Tuesday.

- Gusty winds will become a big issue later today through Tuesday. Sustained winds of 20 to 40 mph will be possible, and some gusts might top out at 50 mph. That also could cause some power problems.

I will have updates as needed today. Here’s the regional radar to track the rain and snow in from the east:

Have a great Monday and take care.

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