A developing winter storm will take aim at the bluegrass state over the next several days. Much of central and western Kentucky is already under a Winter Storm Watch for Friday into Saturday Morning. This does include the Lexington metro.
Things begin to get a little crazy on Thursday with an arctic front slowly crossing the state. We may have a 30-40 degree temperature spread from west to east during the day. Temps across western Kentucky will drop toward the freezing mark while temps in the far east stay in the 60s.
The cold air wins the battle by Thursday night and Friday as temps crash into the 30s. Rain will be widespread to start the day, but will switch to a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain from the west. From there… we will likely get in on some nasty conditions that carry us into Friday night. Location will be a big key as to what kind of precipitation you get and how long it lasts.
Significant travel problems are possible for parts of central, northern and western parts of the state during this time.
Much colder air continues to push into the state into Saturday with highs in the mid and upper 20s. Most of the daylight hours will be on the dry side.
The next wave of low pressure throws moisture back in here Saturday night into Sunday. With cold air in place and warmer air moving in aloft… freezing rain and sleet may become a big problem for many. It is this time period that offers the chance for an ice storm for many.
Our best hope will come if temps can push above freezing on Sunday. That could change the freezing rain to plain rain for a time.
Indications of another light snow maker are showing up for Monday with even colder air to follow.