This was a very nice round of wintry precipitation. Unfortunately, these slick roads could possibly be to blame for some terrible accidents that happened in eastern Kentucky. As much as I love snow... I hate hearing news of accidents more than anything in this world. I can relate to anyone who has ever lost a loved one because of slick conditions. I lost my mother back in March of 2006 on a cold and icy morning. There wasn't any snow out there... it had been damp the night before and when she headed out for work... those slick roads showed me how dangerous it really was. She loved snow as much as I do... if not more! It has been really hard these last couple of Christmas holidays for me and the rest of my bunch. So I feel so terrible when I hear about these accidents because I know what these people are in store for during the holiday season. Let's keep these people in our thoughts and prayers.
I didn't mean to dump on you there, but this has been something I have just wanted to share for a while. I thought now was as good a time as any.
As for our forecast... this snow and ice will stick around for at least one more night. The cold temperatures that will spread through the mountains will keep driving conditions very hazardous. Some more light snow shower activity will remain in the area during the overnight. Temps will be much colder overnight than Thursday night. So if travel is in your forecast you will want to wait until 9am or later to go where ever you may be going.
Any left over snow may not have a chance by Saturday afternoon. Temps begin climbing back into the 40s. Then on Sunday I expect to see highs jump into the 50s during the afternoon hours. So build your snowmen while you can.
Next week is beginning to look active... but I'll save that for my next post probably on Monday. That way I'll have a better handle on things and you can be prepared for whatever mother nature throws our way!
As you know it has been extremely wet here lately. Not only from the snow, but we had a whole lot of rain around here too! Here's some data released from the NWS.
LOCATION / COUNTY / PRECIPITATION / SNOWFALL
BARBOURVILLE KNOX 4.40 INCHES 0.2 INCHES
BEATTYVILLE 4N LEE 3.14 INCHES 6.5 INCHES
BIG SHELBY PIKE 3.03 INCHES 1.5 INCHES
BUCKHORN LAKE PERRY 3.55 INCHES 0.3 INCHES
BUNCH LAUREL 3.11 INCHES 2.5 INCHES
BAXTER HARLAN 4.33 INCHES TRACE
CARR CREEK KNOTT 3.08 INCHES 1.0 INCH
CAVE RUN LAKE ROWAN 2.16 INCHES 0.5 INCHES
CLAY CITY 1WNW POWELL 1.47 INCHES 1.0 INCH
CLOSPLINT 4ESE HARLAN 3.58 INCHES 1.5 INCHES
COLO PULASKI 2.07 INCHES 3.0 INCHES
CRESSY ESTILL 2.02 INCHES 0.6 INCHES
DRAFFIN PIKE 3.84 INCHES 0.4 INCHES
EZEL MORGAN 2.53 INCHES 5.0 INCHES
FLEMINGSBURG 2N FLEMING 1.49 INCHES 0.1 INCH
GIMLET ELLIOTT 1.59 INCHES 4.0 INCHES
HARLAN 1S HARLAN 4.45 INCHES TRACE
HARLAN STATE POLICE HARLAN 4.06 INCHES TRACE
HAZARD WATER PERRY 3.86 INCHES 0.5 INCHES
HAZARD PERRY 4.02 INCHES 0.6 INCHES
HEIDELBERG 2N LEE 2.95 INCHES 6.0 INCHES
ISLAND CITY OWSLEY 3.27 INCHES 2.8 INCHES
INEZ 2E MARTIN 2.65 INCHES 2.0 INCHES
NWS JACKSON BREATHITT 3.22 INCHES 3.2 INCHES
JEREMIAH 1S LETCHER 4.12 INCHES 1.2 INCHES
KINGDOM COME S.P. HARLAN 4.10 INCHES 3.4 INCHES
LONDON CORBIN APT LAUREL 2.80 INCHES MISSING
LONDON STATE POLICE LAUREL 2.94 INCHES 1.3 INCHES
MIDDLESBORO 2N BELL 4.20 INCHES TRACE
MONTICELLO 3NE WAYNE 3.35 INCHES 2.6 INCHES
MOREHEAD S.P. ROWAN 1.35 INCHES TRACE
MOUNT STERLING 5N MONTGOMERY 1.55 INCHES 0.0
MOUNT VERNON ROCKCASTLE 2.34 INCHES 1.0 INCH
PAINTSVILLE 1E JOHNSON 2.54 INCHES 0.0
PRESTONSBURG 3NW FLOYD 2.73 INCHES TRACE
RELIEF MORGAN 2.42 INCHES 0.9 INCHES
ROGERS WOLFE 3.35 INCHES 6.7 INCHES
SALYERSVILLE MAGOFFIN 2.71 INCHES 1.0 INCH
SANDY HOOK ELLIOTT 2.41 INCHES 1.0 INCH
SKYLINE LETCHER 4.32 INCHES 1.0 INCH
SLADE 5NE POWELL 2.58 INCHES 4.0 INCHES
SMILAX LESLIE 4.27 INCHES MISSING
SOMERSET 2N PULASKI 2.61 INCHES 1.0 INCH
STANTON 2W POWELL 2.09 INCHES 1.4 INCHES
BOONEVILLE 1SE OWSLEY 3.40 INCHES 3.0 INCHES
VICTORY 5NW LAUREL 2.61 INCHES 2.9 INCHES
WEST LIBERTY 3NW MORGAN 2.43 INCHES 4.0 INCHES
WEST LIBERTY 11NW MORGAN 2.45 INCHES 4.0 INCHES
WHITESBURG LETCHER 3.90 INCHES 0.5 INCHES
WHITESBURG 2SE LETCHER 4.11 INCHES 1.0 INCH
WILLIAMSBURG 1NW WHITLEY 4.32 INCHES 1.0 INCH
How about some more pics from some of you?!?!?!?
Pam Haney from Busy, KY This one could be on a post card or calendar. Thanks Pam
Stephanie from over in Marrowbone, KY
Stephanie knows how to get some play out of her pictures. She has written messages in the snow for a couple of years now. I am going to share her email message here as well... it was funny!
Hi Jim!! It was a little harder this time to write you a message in the snow. Mainly because it was more ice than snow..haha!! I had to use a pencil to write this one instead of my fingers...hahaha, But, hope you like the picture!! I would say that there is close to an inch and a half of ice on our steps, very slippery!! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas Jim!! God bless you always!!!
She's climbing my list...lol...
Thanks and have a great weekend. i am going to take a blog break until Monday... unless something comes out of nowhere!