Good Thursday to one and all. A major winter storm is set to strike the Bluegrass State late Thursday night and Friday. This storm is likely to dump significant amounts of snow across Central and Eastern Kentucky.
The first surge of moisture comes in from south to north later Thursday night and will be in the form of a nasty mix. The GFS is even indicating some freezing rain across southern Kentucky:
That could cause all kinds of problems if it lingers more than a few hours. As is, some areas could experience moderate icing before switching to snow.
The snow part of this storm will be major. A swath of very heavy snow will set up across the state, but the exact placement of this is yet to be determined. Areas under this could be in line for a huge snowfall. The GFS numbers are way up there:
My latest call for snowfall is in the general vicinity of what that model is showing:
As you can see, the potential for a crippling winter storm is there for much of the state. The snow totals will really drop off the farther north and northwest one gets. Any change in the current path of the storm will alter the snow forecast, and I will have another update coming later Thursday.
High winds also are going to be a major player. Gusts of 35 mph could create blowing and drifting snow into Saturday. That’s when the snow finally pushes out.
Check back for updates and enjoy your Thursday.