Winter Storm Arrives Sunday

Reported by: Mark Stitz
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Updated: 3/02 1:11 am
A Winter Storm Warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for most Kentucky counties starting Sunday and continuing into Monday. Significant accumulations of ice and snow are possible.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for McCreary, Whitley, Knox, Bell, Harlan, and Letcher counties from late Sunday night through Monday evening, where ice and snow will also possible.

Midnight Update:
We are still mostly cloudy and mild with most cities reporting temperatures at or above 50°. It still looks like we'll fall closer to 40 by Sunday morning with temperatures continuing to fall through the day Sunday.

If you have not prepared for this winter storm, there is still time to do so Sunday morning. Make sure you have flashlights, batteries, bottled water, food, and anything else you may need in a power outage or extended period of time at home. Also, keep your mobile devices charged.
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Forecast:
We'll stay mostly cloudy and mild tonight with temperatures only dropping to about 40° by Sunday morning.

Light rain showers will start to push into central Kentucky Sunday morning and expand further south and east through the day. Eventually, colder air will push in from the north, dropping temperatures through the day and transitioning the rain into freezing rain. Northern Kentucky could transition to freezing rain in the early afternoon with central Kentucky likely holding off until early Sunday evening. The cold air will probably not switch the rain to freezing rain in southern Kentucky until Sunday night.

Each area will then see a transition to sleet before switching to snow late Sunday.

Temperatures will continue to fall Sunday night, eventually reaching the upper teens by Monday morning as snow showers continue in many areas.

The snow will finally taper off in most areas Sunday afternoon with highs only in the low 20s.

By the time the storm exits, most areas will see between .25" to .75" of ice with 3" to 7" of sleet and snow on top of the ice. Areas closer to southeastern Kentucky will see more rain, reducing possible ice and snow totals to less than .25" of ice and 1" to 3" of sleet and snow.

Accumulations of ice and snow will make for hazardous travel due to slippery roads and reduced visibilities. The combination of accumulating ice and breezy winds Sunday into Monday will be capable of bringing down tree branches and power lines. Power outages are likely.

Tuesday will also be cold with temperatures ranging in the single digits in the morning to the mid 20s in the afternoon.
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