WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey unveils his Winter Weather Forecast

Published: Nov. 15, 2018 at 5:36 PM EST
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Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey is unveiling his Winter Weather Forecast for the 2018-19 season.

"Overall, this will be a colder and snowier winter than normal across central and eastern Kentucky," Bailey said.

Bailey is forecasting December temperatures to remain about normal with 3-6 inches of snow.

Things are expected to pick up in January, as temperatures could be 3-6 degrees below normal, and Bailey expects anywhere from 8-14 inches of snowfall.

February may bring the most snow for some areas of Kentucky, as Bailey believes snowfall could range from 10-16 inches while temperatures will be around five degrees colder than normal.

Bailey says it is possible to see additional light snowfalls into March.

"Much of our viewing area should see between 20 inches and 30 inches of snow from the first flake to the last flake of the season," Bailey said. "Higher amounts are possible in the southeastern mountains. The average snowfall for Lexington is around 16 inches."

A weak El Niño combined with abnormally warm water off the west coast up to the Gulf of Alaska will create warmer air in the west while the east will be colder than normal.

Bailey's bold prediction for this winter is a heavy snow, ice and flooding event from a single winter storm.