The lack of sleep won't keep me from shooting out a nice wintry forecast for you guys. Though if it is a bust we'll blame it on the lack of sleep! For those of you that don't know I have been working morning weather since Friday and I'll be at it again in Tuesday morning. That shift starts somewhere in the three o'clock hour. I'm not whining... I am just blogging!
********BE CAREFUL WITH EARLY TUESDAY TRAVEL************
Freezing fog and areas of black ice are forming on many roads. This will make early Tuesday Travel Treacherous! This will be happening long before any of the next round of snow arrives here. This is the kind of stuff that you really need to be aware of when travelling. Remember why it's called "Black Ice?" You can't see it because it looks just like the road beneath you on any other day. I do not advise travelling anywhere if you don't have to. It's easier to drive in the snow than it is to try and navigate this stuff!
An arctic shot of air is on the way and we'll see some of that settle in with the snow. So get comfortable and let's watch how this turns out. Some of the data I have seen shows a mini explosion of moisture right over eastern Kentucky. That could mean visibilities will be reduced just by the snow alone. When you factor in the increasing wind speeds you begin to see that the blowing snow will also knock visibilities down even more. Tuesday into Wednesday will be the target time for this to come flying right at all of us!
The Winter Weather Advisory technically begins at 7am Tuesday and runs through 7am Wednesday. I think some snow showers last past this period of time... but might be less impressive over the entire region. I am keeping at least a chance of flakes in through Thursday.
I have given you the basics on this one so now let's look at the fun stuff! I have sacrificed the quality of the snapshot so that you guys can see the totals a little better. That's why it will look a little distorted!
That 3"-6" area is really for the higher elevations. Though I wouldn't rule out an isolated location of a lower elevation picking up quite a bit of snow fall. I am also toying with there be a swath of heavy snow that moves through and really lays some serious snow in a small area. Trying to pinpoint that will be extremely difficult. It will appear like a thin band of heavy snow that will lay a little extra in a line from northwest to south east.
THIS IS ONLY AN EXAMPLE!!!! So for instance there could be a line from Lexington to Hazard that features 4" or slightly more... while other locations will fall strictly in the range mentioned above. AGAIN... THAT WAS JUST AN EXAMPLE... This "Stripe" could occur anywhere with this system.
On a lighter note... Tabitha was the winner of the "Quick, give me a name for a Groundhog Contest" She suggested the name of Digger. I once knew a guy in college that was nicknamed "Digger" I don't think that I ever knew his real name. ANYWAY... I like it so it won. I liked many of yours, but Digger felt right. Next year we'll do the same thing... Lord willing and if the creeks don't rise! As for his forecast. He did see his shadow and we all know what that means... 6 more weeks of winter!
Be careful out there! Wait... let me rant a little bit about something I read the other day about an American Idol hopeful who tried out in Louisville. He was rejected by Paula, Randy, and Simon... as he left he told them to "Be Careful" it was apparently time to go into lockdown mode because he said that. That's just something we say! I have said it all my life and I have been told that all of my life. I don't even think twice about that phrase. He was considered a security threat... I didn't see the video so maybe there was more to it than what I read. If so, let me know so I can partially retract my statement about how stupid that was on their part.
Thanks for letting me get that off my chest. Even though this is a weather blog I do like to discuss other things from time to time. Also... go back and read through the comments on my last post and look for the one from "The Lady Friend" that is her and she says thanks to some of you for wishing her a happy birthday.