Winter Storm Makes Its Approach on Southern Kentucky

Dec5watch

WINTER STORM WARNING will go in effect this evening through Friday evening for western sections of the WBKO viewing area.

WINTER STORM WATCH will go in effect tonight through midnight Saturday for Breckinridge, Butler, Edmonson, Grayson, Hardin, Hart, Larue, Logan, Ohio, Simpson and Warren counties.

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MORNING NOWCAST:
Cloudy with showers and falling temperatures.
8am: Scattered Showers 60°
10am: Showers 56°
12 Noon: Rain 51°

RAIN AND FALLING TEMPS…
After a day of near-record warm temperatures Wednesday, a MAJOR pattern change is about to get underway! A sharp arctic cold front eases through today. With it will come rounds of showers and even a few rumbles of thunder. We’ll have an early day high in the mid 60s with readings falling into the 40s by evening. Periods of rain – sometimes heavy – will continue tonight.

…CHANGING TO A MESSY MIX FRIDAY:
We’ll wake up to rain in most areas Friday morning, with heavy rain at times. A transition to a mix of freezing rain and sleet will likely be taking place over far NW portions of the WBKO viewing area. That changeover will work southeastward as Friday wears on, reaching Bowling Green by midday or early afternoon. A change to freezing rain and snow is possible Friday night before the moisture moves out. There is some question as to how quickly the cold air will take over and how long the duration of frozen precipitation will be for Bowling Green. Areas to the north/west will likely receive the highest amounts of snow/ice, with lesser amounts south/east of Bowling Green. In any case, roadways look to become slick and hazardous Friday evening.

At this time, 1-3″ of snow/sleet is possible along the Western KY Parkway, with 1″ or less for Bowling Green and points southeast. Snow amounts could exceed 3″ north of the Western KY Parkway and into the Rough River Lake region. As for ice accumulation, less than .25″ is forecast for Bowling Green southeastward, while .25-.50″ is possible to the northwest. Some adjustments to the snow/ice amounts are possible as the event gets closer. Nevertheless, travel will be adversely impacted region wide late Friday into Friday night.

COLD WEEKEND…AND MORE WINTER WEATHER?
At this time, it appears dry but quite cold for Christmas parades in Bowling Green, Glasgow, and many other cities Saturday. Highs will only reach the low to mid 30s. The arctic air sets the stage for potentially more winter weather late Saturday night into Sunday as moisture arrives from the south. A mix of sleet and freezing rain is possible at the onset of this event before switching over to plain rain Sunday afternoon. Significant ice accumulations of .25″ or more area possible Sunday morning before the change to rain. The precip could switch back to a mixed bag Sunday night into Monday before ending. Very cold air is slated to arrive toward the middle of next week.

Stay connected to WBKO, the WBKO app, WBKO.com along with our social media pages, blogs and podcasts for further updates on the potential impacts from our Friday and Sunday winter storms!

TODAY:
Periods of Rain and Falling Temps…High 67, winds NW-12
Precip Ch. 100% – Rain Amount 0.75″

TONIGHT:
Periods of Rain and Colder…Low 38, winds N-12
Precip Ch. 100% – Rain Amount 0.75″

FRIDAY:
Rain Changing to a Winter Mix…High 38, winds NE-13
Precip Ch. 100% – Rain Amount 1.00″
Some ice accumulation possible

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