A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for most of central and eastern Kentucky due to the possibility of significant snowfall accumulations Sunday night into Monday morning. Areas further south and east will see less snow and are under a Winter Weather Advisory through Monday morning. Hazardous travel conditions are expected in both areas.
Midnight Update: Colder air continues to build in from the northwest, which continues to change more rain into snow. The wintry mix and snow will continue to spread further south and east overnight into Monday morning.
Temperatures have fallen below freezing along and north of Interstate 64, where most areas are now seeing snow as of midnight. Further south, sleet, freezing rain, and a rain/snow mix is falling. Far souther and southeastern Kentucky are still seeing rain... for now.
The freezing rain and sleet we saw in central Kentucky earlier tonight could force us into the lower side of our forecasted snow totals.
Forecast: Colder air to our northwest will continue to switch our rain into snow late tonight into the early hours of Monday. Central Kentucky will be the first to see the transition to snow with snow spreading further south and east overnight.
The heaviest snow is expected in counties near the Blue Grass Parkway, east into Lexington, and further east in counties near Interstate 64. This area could see between 4 and 9 inches of snow by Monday morning. Snow totals will be lower the further north or south you live from these areas. Far southeastern Kentucky could see between 2 inches and a dusting.
If you must travel during this storm, make sure you have a full tank of gas, a charged cell phone, and plenty of warm clothing in case you become stuck in traffic for an extended period of time.
While the main impacts will be to travel, this wet and heavy snow could bring down some tree branches and power lines. Widespread power outages are not expected, but be prepared to lose power just in case.
Temperatures will start Monday in the upper 20s and climb to near freezing in the afternoon. After a snowy start to the day, some sunshine is expected in the afternoon.