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Weekend Forecast Might Bring A ‘Flash Freeze’

Posted at 6:24 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 18:24:56-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Our StormTracker team says it will get rapidly colder this weekend.

“It’s going to be probably our most significant shot. Coldest day of the season. Big ‘ol arctic blast tracking in so it’s going to have multiple impacts,” said LEX 18 Meteorologist Tom Ackerman.

One of the impacts may include snow.

“It may be enough to cause some issues on the roadways. There’s still quite a bit of model uncertainty, though, as to exactly how much we’re going to see. So we’re kind of in the ‘heads up’ phase right now. This isn’t until Sunday morning into the afternoon,” said Ackerman.

In addition to the potential snowfall, the LEX 18 StormTracker team is paying close attention to how quickly the temperature drops. Tom said that they’re expecting a sharp drop on Saturday night. The quick dive is threatening to cause something called a Flash Freeze.

“It’s a term that you don’t hear that often and there actually isn’t a textbook definition for it. It really is just referring to a very rapid freeze,” he said. “The concern here is we’re going to have so much rain Saturday night, and then it’s going to change over very fast from rain, to mixed precipitation, to snow, that all that moisture that’s on the ground could freeze up fairly quickly.”

Ackerman said that the drop could happen in a matter of a few hours and could easily cause very hazardous driving conditions. If you can avoid being on the road, you’ll avoid a potentially treacherous drive.