Ky. forecasters calling for first significant snowfall of season

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Kentucky’s first significant snow of the winter season will come in three waves this weekend.


The first will be Friday night, where winter weather advisories are in effect for the northern two-thirds of the state.


John Gordon with the National Weather Service office in Louisville says those areas could see two or more inches of snow by mid-day on Saturday.


“Areas along the Tennessee border will see miniscule amounts of snow,” Gordon said.  “Amounts will increase the further north you go.  The I-64 corridor will see three to three-and-a-half inches, with higher amounts north of that, with 5-6 inches in Northern Kentucky.”


If travelling, Gordon says St. Louis, Indianapolis and West Virginia are all in the bullseye for more than six inches.


On Saturday, Gordon says snow will change to rain, melting much of the snow, but Saturday night into Sunday, the second wave could be a mix of rain and snow, but that shouldn’t be as much of an issue as Saturday night’s lows are not forecast to be as chilly, at this point.


The third wave will be Sunday night into Monday morning, according to Gordon.  “Some of the data is suggesting a wintry mix, especially along and north of I-64, where some of the computer models are showing another couple of inches of snow.  South of 64 a mix with patchy freezing rain is possible.”


He says they have very high confidence in the forecast for the Friday night / Saturday morning event, but lower in the Sunday night / Monday morning event.


The cold weather will continue into most of the upcoming week, with highs in many areas not making it past the mid-40s.

  

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