Good Sunday. Our massive winter storm continues to roll across the state with rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow. Temps continue to plummet from northwest to southeast.
Freezing rain accumulations from a quarter-inch to an inch will be possible for several areas of the state. That would be more than enough to bring down trees and power lines. How much freezing rain you get will depend on exactly when the transition to sleet and snow takes place. That won’t be a uniform change throughout the area, but one that spreads from northwest to southeast. The worst of the winter storm comes this evening into early Monday.
Sleet and snow accumulations may end up between 4″ and 8″ for much of the state. If snow takes over sooner than expected… those numbers would be higher. Gusty winds of 35mph will be likely through early Monday and that will help to cause power issues.
Good Sunday, everyone. A major winter storm is sweeping into Kentucky today and is likely to cause some big time problems. Snow, sleet and freezing rain will take over as the day wears on and carry us into Monday.
Cold air is surging into the state today and this is acting like a bull in a china shop. It’s going to push through the region pretty quickly and change the rain over to our wintry mess. Timing the transition for any one area is critical to precipitation type and amounts. Here’s a look at a rough outline of the switch…
This brings up the big question… how much falls where you live? That’s always a tough call, but it’s even tougher when dealing with so many different types of precipitation. Here’s what I’m thinking with freezing rain…
The southern half of the state has the greatest potential for an out and out ice storm. If the high ends of those numbers are realized… power outages are a given. Let’s hope we have a lot more sleet than freezing rain. Sleet doesn’t stick to power lines and trees.
Speaking of sleet… I expect a prolonged period of sleet for many areas this afternoon into the evening. That will then go over to snow late evening into overnight. Exactly when we make the switch is the great unknown and that keeps me from going wild with totals. Sleet doesn’t add up as much as snow does. Here’s a forecast combining the two…
If the snow takes over early enough… the high end of those numbers will be realized and likely exceeded. If sleet holds on longer into the night… it’s closer to the low end.
Remember, all the numbers from above are through Monday afternoon. The worst of this storm is tonight and Monday morning.
I have your tracking tools for the day…
I-75 @ Winchester Road Lexington
I-75 @ Iron Works Pike Lexington
I-75 @ Clays Ferry Bridge South Between Lexington and Richmond
US 60 @ US 127 Frankfort
US 127 @ Frankfort Frankfort
I-75 at MP 36 London
I-71/I-75 at Buttermilk Pike Near Covington
I-64 @ 3rd St. Exit Louisville
Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway Louisville
Updates will come later in the day. Take care.