Tracking round one of the winter storm

Evening Update

We have everything from snow, sleet and freezing rain to flooding across the region. Numerous warnings and advisories are out for central and eastern Kentucky. Here’s a look:


As temps continue to drop… road conditions will worsen this evening into the overnight. Stay safe and take care.

Midday update

The switch from rain to sleet, freezing rain and snow continues to move into Central Kentucky from the west and northwest. Much of Western Kentucky is experiencing nasty weather, and that nasty will roll our way by late Friday afternoon.

Freezing rain, sleet and snow will cover Lexington between noon and 3 p.m. That will increase as the evening wears on and temps drop into the 20s. Travel conditions will go downhill quickly.

The new run of the NAM is more bullish on snow taking over as the main threat late in the day:


That is likely overdone, because I do expect sleet and ice to cut down on snow totals. Still, it bears watching.

Stay safe and take care.

Previous update

Good Friday, everyone. The first punch from the winter storm is being thrown our way as a nasty mixture of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow works across the region. This will create nasty conditions as the day wears on.

The rain-verses-mix line will slowly work into Central Kentucky early Friday morning and then proceed into Eastern Kentucky late this afternoon and evening. The area from the Bluegrass north and west will have the highest threat of ice and snow today. The highest amounts will be from Covington to Louisville and in the western parts of the state. Here’s what I’m expecting:

SpecialI want to emphasize that those totals are for sleet and snow and will vary greatly from one area to the next. That’s what happens when dealing with a mix of precipitation. My greatest concern is for the potential for freezing rain. The more freezing rain that falls, the lower the sleet and snow totals.

Areas to the south and east of the Lexington metro are likely to see much lower amounts of winter precipitation because it takes a lot longer to switch over from rain. A flood watch continues for Southern and Eastern Kentucky, and we will watch the streams and rivers.

We catch a break in the action Saturday as arctic weather settles in. Lows will hit the teens, and highs will be in the 20s with some flurries. The next wave of winter moves in Saturday night and Sunday, and it should produce another round of significant snow and ice. This looks much more centered on Central and Eastern Kentucky.

I have you all set to track Friday’s action:


Current temperatures



I-75 @ Winchester Road
I-75 @ Winchester Road

I-75 @ Iron Works Pike

I-75 @ Clays Ferry Bridge South
Between Lexington and Richmond

US 60 @ US 127
US60 @ US127

US 127 @ Frankfort
US127 @ Frankfort KY

I-75 at MP 36
I-75 @ MP 36

I-71/I-75 at Buttermilk Pike
Near Covington
I-71/I-75 @ Buttermilk Pike


I-64 @ 3rd St. Exit
I-64 @ 3rd St. Exit

Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway
Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway

I-65 @ 234
Near Bowling Green
I-65 @ 234

I-24 MP 4 @ US 60
I-24 @ US 60 MP 4

I-24 MP 7 @ US 62
I-24 MP 7 @ US62

I will update as needed. Take care.

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