Tracking the winter storm

Good Friday to one and all. After back-to-back record highs, a winter storm is moving across Kentucky, bringing significant amounts of snow and ice. This will lead to some nasty travel conditions as the day wears on.

Here’s a breakdown of how this might play out:

  • The temperature drop Friday is nothing short of astounding. As the front moves through, temps can drop 20 to 30 degrees in an hour or so.
  • Winds are going to be a big player through Friday night, with gusts reaching 30 mph or greater.
  • The transition from rain to freezing rain and sleet will work east, reaching Eastern Kentucky this afternoon. Here’s hoping for more sleet than freezing rain.
  • The transition to snow takes place early Friday in the west, reaching Central Kentucky in the afternoon, then Eastern Kentucky during the evening hours.
  • We are likely to see an area of enhanced snow setting up across the region from late afternoon into the evening. Areas under that may pick up snow at a rate of 1 to 2 inches an hour or so.
  • Snowfall totals will depend on how quickly the transition from freezing rain and sleet to snow is where you live. The quicker the transition, the more snow. The slower, the less snow.

Here’s my current call:

Much of that won’t fall until the evening hours, so be patient. Also, understand that the weather doesn’t follow lines or abide by what I think it should do. The lines and totals are a general estimate. 😉

I made that map Thursday afternoon, and it looks as if the new European model had the same idea:

Here’s the ice forecast from the Euro:

As always, I have the blog set up to be your one-stop shop for tracking tools:

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio

Fifth Third Pavilion Live Cam
Downtown Lexington

I-75 @ Newtown Pike

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

US 60 @ US 127
US60 @ US127

US 60 @ Chenault Road
Near Millville
US60 @ Chenault Road

Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway


I-65 MP 92.4

Louie B Nunn MP 3
Near Glasgow
Louie B Nunn MP 3

Natcher Parkway MP 5
Near Bowling Green
Natcher Parkway @ MP 5

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

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

I-275 approaching KY 20/Airport
Near Covington
I-275 East of KY 20/Airport Exit

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

I-71/I-75 at 12th St.
I-71/I-75 @ 12th St. in Covington



Stay safe out there and make it a great Friday. Take care.

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