Good afternoon. An ice storm warning is now out for many counties across southern Kentucky into early this afternoon. Here’s a look:
Ice accumulations of a half-inch are possible before this system moves out. This is leading to the road closings and might eventually cause some power problems.
Good Friday to one and all. A fast-moving storm is blasting the Bluegrass State today with snow and ice. I continue to like the forecast I have out and will let it ride. Before we get to the tracking toys, here are some quick thoughts.
- The radar will explode with precipitation early this morning, with most of the action taking place after sunrise.
- This will be a high-impact travel event. The ground is frozen solid, and road temperatures are well below freezing. Every flake, ice pellet or freezing raindrop will stick.
- My snow map from Thursday still looks good: an inch or less across the west with 1 to 3 inches from areas of central Kentucky into the east. I can see some parts of Eastern Kentucky exceeding that.
- I’m very concerned about the ice accumulation across southern Kentucky. Several counties here may see a quarter-inch or more of freezing rain and sleet. Nothing good would come of ice. Let’s hope it turns out to be mainly sleet or snow.
- The snow and ice will shut off very quickly from west to east this afternoon. Leftover flurries and snow showers will continue into early Saturday as a cold northwesterly wind blows.
I have all the toys you need to track this system…
I-75 @ Clays Ferry Bridge South Between Lexington and Richmond
View of Downtown Richmond
US 60 @ US 127 Frankfort
I-264 @ Freedom Way Near Louisville International Airport
I-71/I-75 at I-275 Near Covington
Courthouse Square Somerset
Downtown View Ashland
View from Courthouse Pikeville
Stay safe and take care.