Accumulating Snow Passes to North Today...

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Updated: 1/19/2012 9:20 am
Thursday, January 19, 2012: Accumulating Snow Passes to North...

Good Thursday morning, everybody.  Today will be a very typical January day in Kentucky, with temperatures recovering from the 20s to a high right around our average high of 41° this afternoon.

A disturbance is sliding from Indiana into Ohio, producing light to moderate snow today for our neighbors to the north.  We find ourselves too far south to see accumulations, although few sprinkles or flurries can't be ruled out, especially near and north of I-64.

Here is the GFS forecast for snowfall for today and tomorrow.



Courtesy: wxcaster4.com


This system will continue to slide east tonight, bringing an end to any sprinkles or flurries in northern and eastern Kentucky around or shortly after midnight. 


Friday will begin dry, but a more significant storm system will arrive on Friday evening.  In central Kentucky, the Friday night / Saturday storm system will come entirely as rain.  However, in a few parts of far northern or northeastern Kentucky, it is possible that an hour or two of light freezing rain could occur in a few valleys before temperatures climb through the middle and upper 30s and into the 40s.  Here is one of the ensemble member forecast for precipitation type at 7 PM on Friday.  You'll notice a little bit of pink, suggesting the possibility of a little bit of very light freezing rain near the Ohio River before temperatures quickly climb well above freezing.



Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology


Total rainfall for the Friday evening / Saturday storm system will probably be less than 1/2" for most of us.  The GFS forecast generally produces the most to the southeast.




Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology


As precipitation exits on Saturday afternoon or evening, a stray snow flurry could occur in northern or northwestern parts of our area, but we will probably not see any flurries as far south as Lexington.


Have a great day, and stay warm!


Geoff


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