A winter storm watch has been issued for Kentucky. This dangerous storm could result in the need for Disaster Relief teams. If needed, most likely the request would be for chainsaw, possibly feeding if power outages affect large areas and outages appear to potentially be out for extended period of time, and possibly mud-out from flooding issues in some areas. There will be nothing that we can do until both rounds of storms past, and frigid temperatures may limit our ability to respond in mud-out work until weather breaks.
No response is needed from volunteers or teams at this point. This is an “Alert” only.
Central Kentucky – Rain, sometimes heavy at times, will occur Thursday and Thursday night and will, change to a wintry mix Friday as colder air moves in. Sleet and light ice accumulations can be expected. , Snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches may be expected along the Ohio River counties, and 2 to 3 inches of snow from Bowling Green through Lexington in the more central Bluegrass counties.
Eastern Kentucky – The primary threat is heavy rain Friday through Sunday. Rainfall amounts may vary from 2 to 3 inches, potentially flooding small creeks, streams and poor-draining urban areas. A second system arriving Sunday could bring additional rainfall of 1 to 2 inches for the region.
Western Kentucky – Precipitation has already begun; light rain and scattered showers will continue as the front approaches. The majority of the inclement weather is predicted to begin impacting far western Kentucky late Thursday afternoon. Rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow are in the forecast. Southern Missouri and southern Illinois can expect 4 to5 inches of snow, and Kentucky counties along the lower Ohio River can expect 2 to 4 inches of snow. Most western and west-central counties are expected to receive 1 to 2 inches of snow; however, and up to a quarter inch of freezing rain may be possible. Timing and total accumulations will vary depending on the system movement.
Northern Kentucky – Counties along the Ohio River in extreme northern Kentucky will see a mix of wintry weather and may see up to 3 to 7 inches of snow.
Another weather system is approaching after the first storms pass through Kentucky. The second weather system will impact the state late Sunday through Monday, followed by frigid temperatures. Residents living along rivers and major streams should monitor levels as this second round of precipitation may increase the risk of minor flooding.