More precipitation than usual projected for Kentucky's winter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WKYT) - The weather outlook for winter shows wetter than normal conditions are projected for Kentucky and Tennessee.

The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center expects above normal precipitation now through the end of March across both states.

Wetter often means snowier during winter months, but it could also mean ice, freezing rain, sleet or just cold rain.

WKYT chief meteorologist Chris Bailey's forecast for the winter of 2012-13 suggests central and eastern Kentucky will see a colder and snowier one than last winter.

While the average winter temperature in Lexington is 34.9 degrees, Bailey expects this winter looks to be slightly colder than normal with an overall temperatures of 32 to 24 degrees.

"The winter pattern I see setting up suggests frequent cold shots with at least one below zero day is likely," said Bailey. "On the snowy side of winter, thing look much better than last year. Fourteen inches is a normal amount of snow and this year should feature 14 to 20 for Lexington."

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