A Free Fall, Flash Freeze and Frigid Flakes

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Updated: 1/12/2012 11:10 am
Thursday, January 12, 2012: Free Fall, Flash Freeze and Frigid Flakes

Good Thursday morning, everybody.  We're bracing ourselves for the big drop in temperature.  A sharp cold front is on our doorstep (between Louisville and Evansville right now, at 10:23 AM), and rain showers are on their way.  After a wet midday / early afternoon, temperatures will PLUMMET from the middle 40s today into the upper teens late tonight.  That rapid transition will put us near the freezing mark as rain changes to gusty, wind-driven and potentially blinding snow showers in the late afternoon near I-75, just in time for the evening rush.

Snow showers will be intense, but not steady, through the overnight hours into Friday morning.  It may snow hard for 10 or 15 minutes, and then folks in one particular location may need to wait another 45 minutes before the next snow shower arrives, overnight tonight.  The net effect of these snow showers will be between 1/2" of snow in some areas and 2" in other locations.  The 1.5" range, in general, is due to the unpredictability in where the heaviest snow showers track.  Due to the impact of the slick roads, low visibility and snow, central, southern and eastern Kentucky are under at WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for this afternoon, tonight and tomorrow (Friday) morning.  (11:10 AM Update: The NWS in Wilmington, OH has now added northern Kentucky to the long list of areas under the advisory.)

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The weekend will be downright COLD with lows in the teens and highs remaining well below average through the weekend.  A second round of snow showers is likely on Saturday evening tied to a clipper.  This will also produce a light snowfall on top of what we receive this evening, tonight and on Friday morning.

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Before I close, I don't want to ignore the fact that two daily rainfall records were broken yesterday.  Jackson, KY and London, KY both broke daily records for January 11th, initiall set back in the 1980s.

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As far as the rest of the region, Lexington has had ALMOST an inch, and Frankfort has climbed just over an inch over the past 30 hours or so.

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Nashville is the regional winner, with most of middle Tennessee's rain falling on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  Music City ended up with just under 2" of rain.

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Stay warm, and be EXTREMELY CAREFUL on all roads this evening.  The problems will extend well beyond the bridges and overpasses!

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Geoff

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