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Recap of Friday's Winter Storm

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Friday's winter storm brought a potpourri of wintry precipitation to the Bluegrass. Blue Grass Airport in Lexington reported rain, freezing rain, and snow during this event. Some other areas also saw sleet mix in before completely changing over to snow. The day started off with rain as temperatures rapidly fell into the 30s. Lexington's temperatures held steady around 35° from 9 AM until 5:30 PM. During that time a plain cold rain continued to fall. Around the lunch hour, a dry slot tracked into the Bluegrass. That dry period during the early afternoon put a little wrinkle in the precipitation and accumulation forecast.

Once the dry slot exited central Kentucky, the cold rain filled back in. The rain did not change to snow until the evening in Lexington. There were also periods when sleet and freezing rain mixed with the snow during the onset. The light freezing rain created a light coating before the snow started sticking. Snow showers began winding down from west to east Saturday morning. The "slower" transition and the earlier dry slot cut down some of the snowfall amounts around the Bluegrass.

Lexington's Blue Grass Airport reported a snow depth of two inches Saturday morning. Higher amounts were reported to the north and west. Of the reports that I saw, Flemingsburg received the greatest accumulation around central and eastern Kentucky. A heavy snow band set up between Frankfort and Lawrenceburg, where three and a half inches of snow fell. Accumulations dropped out to the south and east of Lexington.


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Our original forecast called for three to six inches for the Bluegrass with higher amounts to the north and west. We didn't quite reach the low end of that range, but the swath of higher amounts did hold. We were also tracking lower snowfall amounts and more ice to the south; which was also verified.

The highest snowfall amounts were reported across western Kentucky. The change over to snow occurred much faster and earlier in the day. Most of the Bluegrass ended up in the one to two inch range, with higher amounts along Highway 127. Snow depths then gradually drop off to the southeast of Lexington.

(Image credit: National Weather Service Louisville)

The snow that we received Friday night is expected to stick around for a few days. We are tracking several days with sub-freezing temperatures as two bitter blasts blow into the Bluegrass. The first has already arrived, the next one will come after our next snow chance. We are tracking a clipper to glide through the area late Monday through Tuesday. This system will add a little more snow to what is one the ground already.

- Meteorologist Jill Szwed

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