High impact storm to bring snow, ice and heavy rain

6pm Update

Good evening, gang. A wide array of weather watches and warnings are out for the bluegrass state. Here’s a look:

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A nasty mix of sleet, snow and freezing rain is just beginning across western Kentucky and will work eastward on Friday. Here’s a preliminary look at the time of the changeover into our region:

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This first round of winter may drop decent amounts of sleet, freezing rain and snow… especially across the north and west. Here’s a look at the current forecast:

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After a break on Saturday, the next round of significant sleet, freezing rain and snow moves back into the region.

Take care.

PREVIOUS UPDATE

Good Thursday to one and all. I warned you that Mother Nature was about ready to take a walk on the wild side, but this might be more of a dance. A steep temperature drop will take place Thursday, and that leads us into a winter storm from Friday through the weekend.

Highs today will be well into the 60s across Central and Eastern Kentucky, as strong southwesterly winds kick up. Our arctic cold front works in and will send temps plummeting from west to east. At one point today, we might have a 40-degree temperature difference across the state.

Current temperatures

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By this evening, many thermometers will have dropped into the upper 30s and low 40s.

Rain will increase during the day and will be heavy at times. A rare December clap of thunder can’t be ruled out. Here’s regional radar to track the drops and wintry mess in the west:

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The wintry action begins in the west this evening as sleet, freezing rain and snow breaks out in the cold air. That wintry line will slowly work eastward overnight and should reach central Kentucky about noon Friday. The wintry precipitation will work into Eastern Kentucky by late in the day and during the evening.

The worst of the wintry weather will be from the Bluegrass region west and north. Here’s a breakdown:

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Accumulations will be hard to nail down because of the mix of precipitation. Needless to say, areas to our west and north could get significant snow and ice totals. All areas are likely to see slick roads develop as Friday wears on and temps drop into the 20s.

We catch a break in the action on Saturday as arctic temps invade. Highs will be in the 20s after starting the day in the teens. The next wave of low pressure develops and sends moisture our way later Saturday night and Sunday. This is my greatest concern for significant amounts of ice or snow into much of the region:

Special Graphic 2That has ugly written all over it on Sunday morning. Some of the models bring our highs above freezing during the afternoon and evening. Let’s hope that’s the case, or we are in for a major ice event.

The flood threat continues for Southern and Eastern Kentucky, with a heavy emphasis on rivers.

Monday will see colder air invading from the west, with light snow taking over as the day wears on. Tuesday and Wednesday look cold, with highs in the upper teens and low 20s and lows that might drop toward the single digits in some areas.

I will update as needed. Take care.

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