Here we go again, another round of E KY winter weather

By: Brandon Orr
By: Brandon Orr

Another March snow is taking aim at the eastern Coalfields and could impact the Monday morning commute.

A storm system will deepen across the Southeast, slinging back moisture into the leading edge of colder air over eastern Kentucky. First I'll break the forecast down into a quick timeline and then we will dive into accumulations.

Rain will push in by mid-morning from Tennessee. It will continue into the afternoon as temperatures slowly fall through the 30s. By 6:00 p.m. it will be cold enough for sleet and snow along and north of the Mountain Parkway with mainly rain elsewhere.

The rain/sleet/snow line will slowly push southward through the evening, and by 3:00 a.m. much of the area is either snow or a winty mix. By this time, the end of the steady precipitation is not too far off to the west. This is why we are forecasting the Cumberland River Valley to get little to no snow/sleet accumulation. Also, ground temperatures, especially pavement, will be on the warm side so it may take slightly longer than usual for the snow/sleet to accumulate.

The steady precipitation will wind down through late morning with a few showers and mostly cloudy conditions later in the day. I've made an alphabetical county-by-county list of our forecasted snow/sleet amounts following the map.

Bell: 0-1”

Breathitt: 2-4”

Clay: 1-3”

Elloitt: 2-4” (Locally 4”+)

Estill: 2-4”

Floyd: 2-4”

Northern Harlan: 1-3”

Southern Harlan: 0-1”

Jackson: 2-4”

Johnson: 2-4” (Locally 4”+)

Southern Knott: 1-3”

Northern Knott:  2-4”

Knox: 0-1”

Southern Laurel: 0-1”

Northern Laurel: 1-3”

Lawrence: 2-4” (Locally 4”+)

Lee: 2-4”

Leslie: 1-3”

Letcher: 1-3” (2-4” in high elevations along VA border)

Magoffin: 2-4”

Martin: 2-4” (Locally 4”+)

McCreary: 0-1”

Morgan: 2-4”

Owsley: 2-4”

Perry: 1-3”

Pike: 2-4”

Northern Pulaski: 1-3”

Southern Pulaski: 0-1”

Rockcastle: 1-3”

Wayne: 0-1”

Whitley: 0-1”

Wolfe: 2-4”

As always, we will continue to track the storm as it develops on Sunday and fine tune our forecast. Stay with us on-air and online.
-Meteorologist Brandon Orr (Find me on Facebook!)


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