LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Just in time for one of the busiest travel periods of the year, a winter storm could bring snow and wintry mix to Kentucky.
"We have a developing winter storm that will cause massive travel problems across the eastern part of the country," wrote WKYT chief meteorologist Chris Bailey on his weather blog.
Bailey says the first thing to watch for will be a streak of light snow working across the state overnight. "This may put down some very light accumulations in time for the Tuesday morning commute," said Bailey. "That's when the main storm will begin to really impact our weather."
Bailey says many areas have a period of rain and a mix into through early Tuesday afternoon, and the rain may be heavy in the southeast.
"A rapid switch to all snow begins in the north and west during the afternoon and swiftly works eastward early in the evening," says Bailey. "That's when a moderate to heavy band of snow may set up. Here's a look at the odds of getting more than one inch of snow from that band."
Kentucky is already seeing cold temperatures. Bailey says only eight days in the past two winters had colder high temperatures than what we had Sunday in Lexington. The two winters before those had 46.
The large storm system headed our way is now making its way through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest is particularly hard to predict.
National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Bradshaw says that's because a couple of degrees here or there with the temperature will determine whether regions see rain, sleet or snow.
Bradshaw says the storm system is "slow moving" and "sort of bringing its energy out in pieces."
More than 300 flights have been cancelled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Sunday, representing about one-third of the scheduled departures, and a spokeswoman says deicing equipment is ready.
After the storm plows through the Southwest, meteorologists expect the Arctic mass to head south and east, threatening plans for Tuesday and Wednesday as people hit the roads and airports for some of the busiest travel days of the year.
At least eight people have died in weather-related accidents since the storm began in California.