Snowfall Reports, & A Look at Sat. PM

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Updated: 1/13/2012 1:28 pm
Friday, January 13th, 2012: Snow Reports, & A Look Ahead at Saturday PM

It's a COLD, SNOWY morning across central and eastern Kentucky.  Snow showers continue, although the heaviest and most intense of the snow showers ended last night.  Wind chills have hovered on either side of zero this morning, and now with the sun up, we have climbed into the lower single digits for our wind chill (3° in Lexington at 9 AM).

Road conditions, at least in many areas, are improving thanks to the reduced snowfall rates and the hard work of road crews.  In light of that, the Winter Weather Advisory has ended at 9 AM for central Kentucky.  Meanwhile, Winter Weather Advisories continue in northern Kentucky until noon, and across eastern Kentucky until 1 PM.

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Snowfall totals have ranged from a small fraction of an inch to 1.5" through 9 AM, although snow continues to accumulate in parts of eastern Kentucky, and snowfall reports from the overnight hours are still coming in, as Kentucky comes to life this Friday.  The lowest report was at the Blue Grass Airport, where only 0.2" was reported.  It is very possible that some of the snow blew off of the snowboard before the measurement was made.  This is officially our first measurable snow of the winter at the Blue Grass Airport.  Meanwhile, reports of 1/2" to 1" were very common across central Kentucky counties, according to volunteers who have reported measurements and estimates to the National Weather Service and to ABC 36.  Reports are beginning to come in from southeastern Kentucky.  An accumulation of 1.5" was just reported in Viper, in Perry County.  At midday, a couple of 2" reports were received from Thousandsticks in Leslie County, and also from Menifee County, about 4 miles from Frenchburg.

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Here they are, through 1 PM.

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As we slowly recover today, temperatures will only rise to 24° this afternoon.  Areas in the shade may not climb to the freezing mark until Sunday afternoon!  Tonight, after a low around 16° with single digit wind chills and decreasing winds, Saturday will be about 10° below average with highs around 31°. 

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The next disturbance will arrive on Saturday evening, but this will just be a weak Alberta Clipper, diving in from the northern Plains.  It will produce a light snowfall on Saturday, mainly during the evening hours, with scattered snow showers over a period of 3 to 6 hours.  Snowfall amounts will be less than what we received on Thursday night, but a dusting to a fraction of an inch may accumulate under the heaviest snow showers on Thursday evening.  Here is this morning's WRF forecast for snowfall between 1 PM Saturday and 1 AM Sunday (Saturday night).

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Courtesy: wxcaster4.com

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The WRF cranks out a very light snow along the track of this disturbance.  On the high end, at least in the WRF, some of the upslope regions of southeastern Kentucky could potentially receive as much as 1".  My gut would say that a forecast of 1" may be a little too generous for all but the ridgetops.  (Dusting to 1/2" more likely for low elevations.)

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It will remain cold, so even a brief dusting may stick to the roads and make them slippery on Saturday evening.  Be careful out there, and STAY WARM!

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Geoff

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