Tornado Cleanup Continues... But Some Snow Fun

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Updated: 3/06/2012 1:38 pm
Tuesday, March 6, 2012: Tornado Clean-Up Continues, But Snow Provides Some With Opportunity for Fun

*** EARLY AFTERNOON UPDATE:  Yet another tornado was just confirmed from Friday's outbreak: An EF-1 in Bath County.  It touched down near the high school, then crossed I-64.  Estimated winds: 100 mph... width: 250 yards.  ***

Good Tuesday morning, everybody.  Three and a half days have passed -- half of a week -- since a swarm of tornadoes ravaged the Ohio Valley.  The Lexington Metro area was spared, but some of you in southern and eastern Kentucky were not as fortunate.  Early this week, the National Weather Service in Charleston, WV found the endpoint of the West Liberty tornado track, 27 miles into their jurisdiction.  This extends the tornado track almost 100 miles!  The clean-up continues in many places like Menifee, Morgan, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, Wolfe, Grant, Pendleton and Laurel Counties, and in other places as well.  It will continue to take time, and the healing process has barely begun.

A Laurel County home, hit by the EF-2 tornado, was obliterated.  Photo: Courtesy of Laurel County Sheriff's Office.

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Courtesy: Laurel County Sheriff's Office

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Fortunately, we are getting a major break as high pressure is here for two days.  The eastern Kentucky tornado damage is snow-covered, but in the photo, you can see how Laurel County missed the snow on Sunday night and Monday morning. 

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With high pressure firmly in control, sunshine is illuminating the stripe of heaviest snow right across the Bluegrass Region, on today's visible satellite picture.  You can pick out the urban part of Lexington, and the dark area just to the north-northwest of that is Georgetown.  To the west, the darker line that roughly runs south to north is the Kentucky River gorge through Frankfort.  (Snow cover also covers the ground in eastern Iowa into northern Illinois and Wisconsin, but most of the white in southern Michigan into Ohio and northern West Virginia / Pennsylvania is cloud cover.)

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Courtesy: Penn State Univ. Dept. of Meteorology

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In yesterday's post, I showed our map of total snowfall reports.  Here are a few more stats for Lexington and Jackson, for the storm, and for the season-to-date totals.

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We'll end with a few photos on the lighter side, with some snow creations from a few of our Facebook friends.

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"SnoWoman": Courtesy: Valerie Evans

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 Antonio's Penguin, Photograph by Leslie Jones

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Thanks for the snow photos, everybody.  We received some FANTASTIC ones with beautiful scenery on the ABC 36 Facebook Page.  http://www.facebook.com/ABC36

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Enjoy the great weather over the next two days, and keep praying for those impacted by the tornadoes.

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Geoff

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