Good evening everyone. I continue to keep a close eye on a developing winter storm that will have a major impact on the weather across Kentucky and the Ohio Valley Christmas night through Thursday. Snow, rain and wind will combine to make for a nasty trip home from over the river and through the woods.
We’re still a few days away from the main impact of this storm and a lot can still change. Given the fact that this is a busy travel period, I’m putting out a super early breakdown map. Here’s a first blush look at how this thing may play out…
– Our low will develop across the western Gulf and ride into south central Kentucky Christmas night. Rain will break out across central and eastern Kentucky by late Christmas Day.
– That low will put the brakes on and take a hard right toward West Virginia. EXACTLY how far north and west that low is when it takes the turn will be the key on who gets what.
– Western Kentucky should be mainly snow and that’s the area that can pick up more than 4″ of heavy snow.
– Cold air will be directly to the west and northwest of the surface low. That will mean a quick change to snow as it passes through. Snow showers and squalls will then kick in by Wednesday evening into Thursday morning for the central and east.
– Everyone will see snow out of this storm… but amounts will vary greatly from west to east. I won’t be able to put exact numbers on things until we see where that low makes the turn eastward.
– Winds are going to be a big player and gusts may hit 40mph at times.
There will be no rest in forecasting as the next storm will work in here by Late Friday into the weekend.
I will have a big update coming your way later tonight. That one will break things down in greater detail. Have a great evening and take care.