After a mild Saturday with temperatures into the low 60s, it is hard to believe a winter storm is eyeing the eastern Coalfields once again. Sundays rain will change to the wintry variety Sunday evening and continue into Monday morning. This storm system will be slightly different from a few of the previous storms so far this winter. A layer of warmer air just above the freezing mark will sneak in above the surface Sunday night and Monday morning, which will result in a nasty mix of rain, sleet, snow, and freezing rain.
Below are the expected snow and sleet accumulations through Monday. Rain will change to the wintry mix and evenually all snow between 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. near I-75 and the Mountain Parkway. The changeover line will make it's way southeast near the Virginia border around or shortly after midnight. 2-5" of snow is expected through much of eastern Kentucky. In the far southeastern counties, such as the vicinity of Bell and Harlan, accumulations are less because more rain, sleet, and snow will mix in compared to counties to the north as the previously mentioned warm layer will be a bit thicker. Up to 0.1" of ice accumulation is possible.
Since temperatures are expected to be slightly below freezing and not bitterly cold, the snow will be a heavy, sticky, and wet snow. By noon on Monday, much of the snow will taper off. A few flurries could hang around into the afternoon.
As we monitor the trends in our computer models, we will be able to break the forecast down in great detail on Sunday. Be sure to check in on our newscasts at 8 a.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. on Sunday for the latest, right here on WYMT.com, and on our social media pages. Count on us for full coverage of the approaching winter storm.
- Meteorologist Brandon Orr