11:30 p.m Update
A Winter Storm Warning is now in effect just north of Lexington, including Franklin, Scott, and Harrison Counties. Fayette, Woodford, Jessamine, Clark, Bourbon, Mercer, and Boyle Counties are among those now under a Winter Weather Advisory.
Heavy rain continues to fall across central and eastern Kentucky as cold air filters in. Readings are now in the mid to upper 30s for many areas and will slowly drop overnight.
A wintry mix is now breaking out across western Kentucky and that moves in here early Friday. I'm growing a bit more concerned about a decent period of freezing rain and sleet in the Lexington metro Friday afternoon and evening. That's when travel conditions will really take a big hit for central, northern and western sections of the area.
A developing winter storm takes aim at the bluegrass state over the next several days.
The wintry action begins in the west this evening as sleet, freezing rain and snow breaks out in the cold air. That wintry line will slowly work eastward overnight into early Friday and should reach central Kentucky around Noon. The wintry precipitation will continue to work into eastern Kentucky by late in the day and during the evening. The worst of this round of wintry weather will be located from the bluegrass region west and north.
Accumulations will be hard to nail down because of the mix of precipitation. Needless to say, areas just to our west and north could get significant snow and ice totals from this. All areas will likely see slick travel develop as temps drop into the 20s.
We catch a break in the action on Saturday as arctic temps invade. Highs will be in the 20s after starting out the day in the teens. The next wave of low pressure develops and sends moisture our way later Saturday night and Sunday. This is my greatest concern for significant amounts of ice or snow into much of the region.
The flood threat continues for southern and eastern Kentucky, with a heavy emphasis on rivers.
Monday will see colder air invading from the west with light snow taking over as the day wears on. Tuesday and Wednesday look super cold with highs in the upper teens and low 20s and lows that may drop toward the single digits for some.