Flood threat appears low, keeping an eye on the next storm

Chief Meteorologist Shane Smith takes a look at the ongoing storm system and looks ahead to the next one.

 Good Tuesday Evening friends.  Just wanted to drop by with a few quick thoughts on the ongoing storm and the storm potential for the weekend.  Right now with our storm tonight, most of the precipitation is staying to the north and the west.  That is good news as it should lower the flood threat.  The newest run of the NAM model is painting most of the region picking up less than an inch of rain now.  


While a few high water problems are definitely possible, I think we will escape widespread flooding.  However the colder air is being very stubborn about leaving the northern part of the region.  The Winter Weather Advisory was just expanded to include Johnson, Breathitt, Magoffin, Owsley, Rockcastle and Jackson Counties.  

Light ice accumulation is possible in those counties and to the north as freezing rain is going to be ongoing through Early Wednesday morning.  Slick spots are likely and a few power outages can't be ruled out.  

After this system, we continue to watch another potential for a winter storm for this coming weekend.  The latest computer models are taking the bulk of the action to our south and off the coast, however the models have a habit of dragging storms back to the northwest the closer we get to the actual event.  We will have to wait and see how it plays out. 

-Shane Smith

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