December 6, 2011: Drawing Near the Record... & SE KY Snow, Wed. PM
Good Tuesday morning, everybody. The relentlessly wet year of 2011 continues, with yet another batch of daily rainfall records that were broken yesterday. Lexington, Louisville and Bowling Green all smashed the old record wettest December 5th (1977).
There was a pretty pronounced gradient in the precip. totals yesterday, with the heaviest rain to the west (2.50" in Bowling Green, and 2 1/3" in Louisville) ... 1.88" in Lexington, but less than 1/3rd of an inch in London and Jackson! As the front slid east, rainfall became lighter, and scattered, lighter rain showers continue late this morning in southeastern Kentucky.Yesterday's 1.88", combined with this morning's 0.23", has now pushed Fayette County to within 1.73" of the all time wettest year.
Last night, roads had to be closed in Falmouth up in Pendleton County due to some minor flooding.
Today, the Stoner Creek is rising and approaching flood stage. A Flood Advisory is in effect for Bourbon County, and it is scheduled to run until 11:45 AM on Wednesday.
Also, Herrington Lake never fully had a chance to recover from last week's flooding. It crested about 4' above flood stage back on Thursday night / Friday morning, fell to a point about 1' above flood stage on Monday, and is now rising. Herrington Lake is again about 3' above flood stage.
There is yet another wave of low pressure that will bring significant precipitation to Kentucky by midweek. However, this one will mainly impact southeastern Kentucky, and there will be a sharp gradient between those who see the precipitation (southeast) and those who miss it, or only see some light sprinkles and perhaps a snow shower or two (Bluegrass). Colder air will follow on the heels of this next storm system, and a changeover from rain to accumulating snow is very likely in southeastern Kentucky, late on Wednesday. Accumulations are likely in the areas within 40 or 50 miles of the Virginia state line, potentially even in the lower / valley locations.
Here is a look at our in-house model's handle on things late Wednesday as temperatures cool and snow expands in coverage.
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