A winter blast moving into Kentucky will bring falling temperatures and snow, prompting WKYT’s team of meteorologists to declare a “27 First Alert Severe Weather Day” for today.
While the state experienced mild temperatures yesterday, WKYT meteorologist Todd Borek is keeping an eye on a surface low moving through the Gulf states.
“While the low itself won't reach this far north, the precipitation shield will,” said Borek. “The precipitation has already changed over from rain to snow in many parts of Southern and Southeastern Kentucky as of the late morning hours. Be wary of difficult driving conditions in these areas through the rest of the day."
As far as the Bluegrass and counties along and north of I-64, don't expect to see much of anything in terms of precipitation.
“There is going to be a sharp drop-off in snowfall totals farther north,” said Borek. “Little to no snow is expected from a line along and northwest from Bracken to Fayette County. A trace to an inch is possible for areas just north of I-64 in Eastern Kentucky with an inch or two possible for the Southern Bluegrass like Jessamine and Madison Counties. Most areas east of I-75 and south of I-64 will be in the 2-4" range with pockets of 4-6" where the heaviest snow-bands set-up. Snow-lovers in Lexington on northward and westward will be disappointed."
Borek expects the heaviest snow will be in the mountains where there could be 6 or more inches in elevations above 2,000 feet.
“Road conditions will get hazardous through the day and will be the worst late tonight through early Monday morning as temperatures drop to the lower 20s.,” said Borek.
On Monday, skies will gradually clear with highs returning to the 40s.