Winter Weather Advisories: Snow, Then Arctic Air!

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Updated: 2/10/2012 7:31 am
Winter Weather Advisories are in effect across the entire area for this afternoon & evening, tonight and into Saturday.

Clouds will thicken as temperatures peak near 36 degrees around midday today, and then the snow will arrive in the afternoon as low pressure approaches from the west.  Some rain will initially be mixed with the snow in southern Kentucky, but falling temperatures around the time of the evening commute will cause a changeover to snow even in southern Kentucky.  As the snow continues, an arctic cold front will deliver sharply colder air with a biting wind, late tonight.  Low visibility, accumulating snow and temperatures falling through the 20s with a bone-chilling wind will lead to very hazardous weather through the overnight hours and into Saturday.  Saturday will be one of our coldest days this winter, with highs only recovering to around 25°, which is about 20 degrees below average.  Snow showers will slowly taper off from west to east during the day on Saturday, with the snow ending latest in the mountains.  Total snowfall will be between 1" and 2" for most of us, but 1" or less is likely near the Lake Cumberland area, and 2" to 4" in the high ground of southeastern Kentucky.  On Saturday night, temperatures will drop to 13 degrees with drier but brutally cold air.  Sunday will be partly sunny, but highs will only struggle to reach the freezing mark.  The next storm system will produce a relatively light wintry mix on Monday evening and Tuesday Valentine's Day.  Highs will be within a couple of degrees of 40.  Another storm system will produce a light mix that will likely transition to rain on Wednesday evening and Thursday, although the track remains uncertain.
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