Tracking the Winter Storm: 8:00 Update

We continue to track the winter storm as it moves into Eastern Kentucky.

 Hello once again.  It's been a soggy Super Bowl Sunday across southern and eastern Kentucky.  But that is all about to change as colder air is crashing into the region and will turn the rain to snow.  I spent a lot of time during the 6 PM Newscast talking about the impacts of the storm.  Check that video out above.  

As of now I feel like the forecast is going as well as it can.  There will likely be a 25 mile difference between who see's no snow, and who may end up with 4 inches plus.  Folks I'm going to be blunt, trying to pin down exactly where that's going to happen is like trying to play a game of  pin the tail on the donkey.  You may get close, but nailing it is more luck than skill.

Let's break things down based upon the big east to west running highways in the area.  Near I-64  I'm expecting incredibly heavy snow.  1-3" per hour snowfall rates are likely.  By the time all as said and done somebody up that way may end up with a foot of snow on the ground.  It's going to be a heavy wet snow and cause tons of problems on the roads and may cause some power outages.  

While the snow won't be as heavy around the Mountain Parkway, I'm still expecting most of that area to pick up several inches of snow.  Still plenty of travel problems still the threat for some power problems. 

The area from 20 miles north of the Hal Rogers Parkway and Highway 80 and to the south, that's where somebody is going to be disappointed, and somebody will be surprised.  Not by the lack of snow, but by how much freezing rain we could see.  That region down to the Tennessee and Virginia border is primed to receive up to a quarter inch of freezing rain tomorrow morning.  Roads will be slick ,and while the snow may be scarce, you still will have the potential of a few power problems from the ice.  

Brandon Robinson and Brandon Orr will be in overnight to track the storm.  Stay safe tomorrow my friends, and we will talk about the next storm potential for Tuesday and Wednesday tomorrow. 

-Shane Smith

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