Good morning, everyone. This blog post is going to primarily focus on Monday’s winter storm. Details are still being fined tuned, but confidence continues to increase that we will be dealing with significant winter weather early next week. A Winter Storm Watch goes in effect Sunday night -Tuesday afternoon.
Dry Today and Tomorrow
Out there right we are looking pretty good across the region. Conditions are expected to stay that way through today and into tomorrow. We do have 2 storm systems sliding off to our north and south this morning.
We cannot rule out a little bit of freezing drizzle this morning. A few slick spots will be possible, especially on untreated pavements. Temperatures will struggle to reach freezing today as this cold air mass is locked in place.
The clouds hang on through today and into our Sunday. Temperatures overnight drop back into the low 20s. We will still need to watch the risk for some freezing drizzle, but that looks to remain isolated.
Heading into Sunday, clouds and highs in the upper 20s will make for a dreary winter day. Hopefully we can get a few peeks of sun, but that is being pretty hopeful. Dry conditions will continue into through the day Sunday and into the evening.
Winter Storm Monday-Tuesday
There will be two waves of winter precipitation that will be affecting WABBLES Sunday night through Tuesday morning. Here is the first one on future radar.
This first wave will likely feature a mix of sleet and snow across our area. Amounts look light as of right now, but travel hazards may develop into Monday morning.
Temperatures at the surface will be well below freezing for the entire duration of this winter storm.
Right on its heels the second wave will be the main event. This is where things will get more interesting for WABBLES and most of the commonwealth.
The good news is that the data has been trending colder over the last 24 hours. This would be more of a sleet/snow threat than freezing rain. While it is too early to get into totals, some of the models are showing a potentially significant snowfall here on Monday. We should have better details on snowfall totals later today, so keep checking back on our social media.
It is worth noting that the Weather Prediction Center has Kentucky in a slight to moderate risk for 4in+ of snow. Again, we should have a better idea of snowfall amounts by tonight.
From National Weather Service Louisville:
...significant travel impacts are likely in the Monday afternoon and Monday night timeframe. It is possible that 1-2"/hr snowfall rates may occur late Monday afternoon and Monday night which could severely limit travel through portions of the state.
Stay tuned to the forecast over the next 24-48 hours as we track this potentially significant winter storm.
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