FIRST DAY WEATHER ALERT – Snow and Ice Affect South-Central Kentucky!

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – Saturday was a dry day with cold air and cloud cover. Today will be wetter with winter precipitation affecting the region. A first day weather alert will be in effect until Sunday due to these impacts as well as the threat of significant snowfall in our eastern counties.

With freezing rain, sleet and snow, many roads will be slippery, especially for people traveling to central Kentucky!(WBKO)

Sunday morning there will be a mix of rain, freezing rain, ice pellets and possible snow. Although air temperatures are near freezing, road temperatures are still above freezing for the most part. Either way, travel with caution on elevated roads such as bridges and overpasses! Also be careful on sidewalks, patios and porches as icy spots will also be possible. Temperatures will be near freezing for much of the morning which will prevent snow accumulations – but will allow freezing/freezing rain to bring a glaze of ice accumulations for many. As we move into midday and early afternoon, we expect temperatures to rise into the mid 30s for the most part with upper 30s and low 40s in the west. Regardless of the rise in temperatures, the air will be conducive to the development of snow showers, especially to the east. Locations towards I-65 will still deal with rain/snow showers. During midday and early afternoon a band of moderate to heavy snow will develop eastward towards central Kentucky. However, confidence in the location of this band is low to medium, as any wind or slight track in the low could move this band east or west. This band of snow will also have major snowfall implications, as it is accompanied by “boom or bust” snowfall. The spots could see a few inches of snow in a short time inside the strip and within 20 miles outside the strip they could see absolutely nothing. This has made forecasting snowfall difficult over the past few days.

In addition to snow, freezing rain and sleet have also been introduced into our forecast. For the central and eastern portions of the WBKO viewing area, anywhere from a glacial to one-tenth of an inch of ice will be possible. While we do not expect widespread power outages, we cannot rule out some power outages to the east with the ice accompanied by moderate to heavy snow. We will start to dry out as we head into Sunday evening just after sunset with all dry spots before midnight as the humidity moves further east-northeast.

Note that some snow may be limited due to the sleet mixing with the snow. As of 8 a.m. Sunday, our forecast for total snowfall accumulations is as follows:

  • TRACE to 1″ of snow/sleet can be expected for Breckenridge, Butler, North/Central Christian, West Edmonson, Grayson, Hardin, North Hart Hopkins, Larue, North Logan, McLean, Muhlenberg, Ohio, North Todd and central and northwest Warren counties.
  • 1″ to 3″ of snow/sleet can be expected for Allen, Barren, South Christian, East Edmonton, Green, South Hart, West Metcalfe counties, south of Logan, Simpson, west of Taylor, south of Todd and southeast of Warren.
  • 3″ to 5″ of snow/sleet can be expected with locally higher amounts possible for Adair, Clinton, Cumberland, eastern Metcalfe, Monroe, Russell counties and eastern Taylor in Kentucky and Clay, Macon, Robertson and Sumner counties in Tennessee.
Forecast model trends continue to reduce snow amounts in the WBKO viewing area, but we are...
Forecast model trends continue to reduce snow amounts in the WBKO viewing area, but we are still monitoring where a band of moderate snow may develop east of I-65. Another impacting element to this will be the freezing rain and sleet that will associate this system in the region.(WBKO)

Cold air will continue Sunday evening with possible drifting snow showers and light snow showers. Overnight lows will fall in the mid 20s under partly to mostly cloudy skies. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, will feature mostly cloudy skies with scattered flurries and possible light flurries. Highs will be in the mid upper 30s with westerly winds. By Tuesday, a wave of seasonal warm air will arrive in the area under mostly sunny to partly cloudy conditions. Highs will reach the mid to upper 40s with warm southerly winds. Wednesday will have similar temperatures, but skies will be mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers likely. This will set up another cooling that will stay with us through the work week with a dry Thursday and Friday with highs only in the 30s with a mix of sun and cloud. Long term weather patterns have drier than average south central Kentucky with below average temperatures – so a break with active weather is on the way, but it will still remain cold!

3-day forecast for Bowling Green:

SUNDAY: Cloudy. Scattered winter precipitation probable. Wind and cold. High 38. Low 27. N winds at 13 mph.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY: Rather cloudy. Chance of spurious snow showers. Wind and cold. High 39. Low 25. Winds W at 14 mph.

TUESDAY: Mainly sunny. Seasonal heat. High 49. Low 36. S winds at 12 mph.

Sunday weather info for Bowling Green:

Normal High: 46

Normal Bass: 28

Record high today: 73 (1928)

Record low today: -9 (1982)

Sunrise: 6:58 a.m.

Sunset: 4:54 p.m.

Health & Allergies:

Air quality: good (ozone number: 10 / small particles: 37)

Mold Count: Low (1177 – Mold Spore Count)

Saturday weather info for Bowling Green:

High from yesterday: 45

Yesterday’s low: 35

Yesterday precip: 0.00″

Monthly precipitation: 4.69″ (+2.94″)

Annual precipitation: 4.69″ (+2.94″)

Snowfall yesterday: 0.0″

Monthly snowfall: 6.3″

Seasonal snowfall: 6.3″

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