Eastern Kentucky Weather

Wintry Weather Gives Us Another Go Around

If your taste for wintry weather was not satisfied last week... well... I have some more for you! Not that much on the snow side, but the icy side.

This is a pretty complicated system... complicated in the fact that 20 miles means a lot! The current Warning/Advisory set-up looks fine to me. The areas higlighted are exactly who will likely see the extended period of the wintry mess. SO what the heck is going on... is that your question? lol

I know you are probably thinking... "How in the world could this happen after a 60 degree day?" I often question weather myself when these situations arise. That warm air is quickly being replaced by some much colder air at the surface. BUT ONLY AT THE SURFACE! Remember what you learned in 1st grade science class... Cold air is heavier than warm air. When cold air moves into a region it digs right into to the present airmass. This is the case for this weather situation. This fairly simple image below describes it pretty good.

The biggest question for many of you is what will I get? Little if any snowfall for most people south of I-64. Wait a second... that's all of us!!!! Well all of us that read it from our coverage area. Sure I think there will be some snow... just not as much as up north. In places closer to Virginia I think your wintry weather issues won't be very wintry at all. Though if you migrate a few miles north it all changes. Ice is the biggest concern that I have! Here's what we are looking at as far as ice is concerned.

Most will fall in the .10 to possibly even .25

I'll try to keep you updated through the overnight period. I'll likely be up watching this system from home.

Almost forgot about the actual advisory information. Different counties have different expiration times so just find your county in the list below.

ESTILL-POWELL-MENIFEE-ELLIOTT-MORGAN-WOLFE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...IRVINE...STANTON...FRENCHBURG...
SANDY HOOK...WEST LIBERTY...CAMPTON
922 PM EST MON DEC 15 2008

...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EST TUESDAY...

THE WINTER STORM WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM EST TUESDAY.

BITTER ARCTIC AIR IS INVADING NORTHERN PORTIONS OF EAST KENTUCKY
FOLLOWING THE PASSING OF A COLD FRONT. THIS COLD AIR WILL CONTINUE TO
SPREAD SOUTHEAST DURING THE NIGHT. A FAIRLY DEEP LAYER OF SUB
FREEZING AIR WILL MAKE IT AS FAR SOUTH AS THE MOUNTAIN PARKWAY BY
DAWN TUESDAY. LOCATIONS NORTH AND WEST OF THIS LINE CAN EXPECT A
WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION CONSISTING OF SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING
RAIN FROM MONDAY EVENING INTO TUESDAY AFTERNOON. ACCORDINGLY...
ACCUMULATIONS OF ICE ARE EXPECTED TO AVERAGE AROUND A THIRD OF AN
INCH WITH BETWEEN ONE AND TWO INCHES OF SLEET AND SNOW ACCUMULATION
POSSIBLE BY MID AFTERNOON ON TUESDAY. THE ICE AND SNOW ACCUMULATION
MAY BE ENOUGH TO BRING DOWN TREES AND POWERLINES.

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ROCKCASTLE-JACKSON-PULASKI-WAYNE-LEE-OWSLEY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MOUNT VERNON...MCKEE...SOMERSET...
MONTICELLO...BEATTYVILLE...BOONEVILLE
922 PM EST MON DEC 15 2008

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM EST TUESDAY...

THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 PM EST
TUESDAY.

ARCTIC AIR CONTINUES TO MAKE ITS WAY SOUTH INTO THE AREA BEHIND A
COLD FRONT. A WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD
THE AREA LATER TONIGHT AND REMAIN INTO EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. AT
THIS TIME IT APPEARS THAT ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE BETWEEN A TENTH
AND A QUARTER OF AN INCH...BUT ENOUGH ICE MAY BE ABLE TO ACCUMULATE
ON AREA ROADWAYS...BRIDGES...AND OVERPASSES TO MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT
LATER TONIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. LESS THAN ONE HALF OF AN
INCH OF SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED. THE HEAVIER AMOUNTS
OF ICE SHOULD ACCUMULATE ON THE RIDGETOPS.

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JOHNSON-MAGOFFIN-FLOYD-BREATHITT-MARTIN-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...PAINTSVILLE...SALYERSVILLE...
PRESTONSBURG...JACKSON...INEZ
922 PM EST MON DEC 15 2008

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 2 PM EST
TUESDAY...

THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 2 PM
EST TUESDAY.

ARCTIC AIR CONTINUES TO MAKE ITS WAY SOUTH INTO THE AREA BEHIND A
COLD FRONT. A WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD
THE AREA LATER TONIGHT AND REMAIN INTO EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. AT
THIS TIME IT APPEARS THAT ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE BETWEEN A TENTH
AND A QUARTER OF AN INCH...BUT ENOUGH ICE MAY BE ABLE TO ACCUMULATE
ON AREA ROADWAYS...BRIDGES...AND OVERPASSES TO MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT
LATER TONIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. LESS THAN ONE HALF OF AN
INCH OF SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED. THE HEAVIER AMOUNTS
OF ICE SHOULD ACCUMULATE ON THE RIDGETOPS.

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LAUREL-MCCREARY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...LONDON...WHITLEY CITY
922 PM EST MON DEC 15 2008

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST
TUESDAY...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST
TUESDAY.

ARCTIC AIR CONTINUES TO MAKE ITS WAY SOUTH INTO THE AREA BEHIND A
COLD FRONT. A WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD
THE AREA LATER TONIGHT AND REMAIN INTO TUESDAY MORNING. AT THIS TIME
IT APPEARS THAT ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE BETWEEN A TENTH AND A
QUARTER OF AN INCH...BUT ENOUGH ICE MAY BE ABLE TO ACCUMULATE ON AREA
ROADWAYS...BRIDGES...AND OVERPASSES TO MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT LATER
TONIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. LITTLE OR NO SNOW AND SLEET
ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED. THE HEAVIER AMOUNTS OF ICE SHOULD
ACCUMULATE ON THE RIDGETOPS.

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WHITLEY-KNOX-BELL-HARLAN-KNOTT-PERRY-CLAY-LESLIE-LETCHER-PIKE-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CORBIN...WILLIAMSBURG...BARBOURVILLE...
MIDDLESBORO...PINEVILLE...HARLAN...HINDMAN...HAZARD...
MANCHESTER...HYDEN...WHITESBURG...PIKEVILLE
922 PM EST MON DEC 15 2008

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 10 AM
EST TUESDAY...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM TO 10 AM
EST TUESDAY.

ARCTIC AIR CONTINUES TO MAKE ITS WAY SOUTH INTO THE AREA BEHIND A
COLD FRONT. A WINTRY MIX OF PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO OVERSPREAD
THE AREA LATER TONIGHT AND REMAIN INTO TUESDAY MORNING. AT THIS TIME
IT APPEARS THAT ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE BETWEEN A TENTH AND A
QUARTER OF AN INCH...BUT ENOUGH ICE MAY BE ABLE TO ACCUMULATE ON AREA
ROADWAYS...BRIDGES...AND OVERPASSES TO MAKE TRAVEL DIFFICULT LATER
TONIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON. LITTLE OR NO SNOW AND SLEET
ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED. THE HEAVIER AMOUNTS OF ICE SHOULD
ACCUMULATE ON THE RIDGETOPS.

C-Ya Bye

 

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