Wintry Weather Expected Overnight Tonight

Accumulating snowfall is expected over the higher elevations near the Virginia border late Sunday afternoon into Monday morning.

A series of upper level disturbances will swing across the area Sunday through Monday resulting in rain and snow showers. Colder air will also be moving into the region at the same time. This will cause snow levels to drop as time goes by. Initially, snow will be limited to elevations above 2500 feet late Sunday afternoon. However, this level will fall Monday night with any remaining precipitation changing to snow even at lower elevations by Monday morning. The only significant accumulations of snow are expected Sunday night into Monday morning at elevations above 2000 feet.

A Snow Advisory is in effect until noon Monday for elevations above 2000 feet in Bell, Harlan, Letcher, and Pike Counties. Occasional snow showers will bring accumulations of 1 to 2 inches above 2000 feet Sunday night with the highest peaks along Black Mountain in Southeastern Kentucky receiving the higher end of the accumulations. Up to an inch of additional accumulation is possible on Monday morning, which will result in storm total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches above 2000 feet.

Motorists traveling over the higher elevation roadways Sunday night and Monday should be alert for hazardous driving conditions. Highways with the greatest risk for slick spots include, but are not limited to U.S. 23 at Pound Gap, U.S. 119 and 421 crossing Pine Mountain as well as Highways 38, 160, and 179 crossing Black Mountain. A Snow Advisory means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.