Gearing up for midweek snow

Small wave of mostly snow late Wednesday
Posted at 2:11 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 19:12:27-05

Despite abundant cloud coverage most of the day, it was a nice break from the persistent rains of yesterday. The continued southwesterly wind flow (breezy at times) has really warmed up a lot of the State, with most locations making it into the 50s and 60s this afternoon.

Don’t get too comfortable in the warmer air and small bits of sunshine today. This one-day break separates a rainy Monday from a snowy Wednesday. We continue overnight with warmer than normal temperatures and drop down to around or a little below freezing Wednesday morning. Wednesday morning will feature cloud coverage and cold temperatures with only a few light rain showers falling near the Cumberland Gap. By the early afternoon, temperatures will be in the upper 30s/low 40s which will help in limiting snow accumulations later in the day. The first snow showers will begin in the Bluegrass and Northern Kentucky right before dinner time. Snow will be the main form of precipitation with this wave, but around late afternoon, some rain will still be falling for south and southeastern counties as temperatures remain well above freezing. After sunset, temperatures plummet past freezing for all and all precipitation turns over to snow. These scattered showers will continue to drop light to moderate snow from early evening through late evening for those near I-75. All moderate snow winds down to flurries as we enter Thursday.

From I-65 to I-75, most locations will be under an inch of accumulation. East of I-75, between 1" and 2" of snow is possible. Higher amounts are expected in the high terrain southeast totaling between 2" and 4" possible.

Major clearing occurs through the morning Thursday and with snow on the ground, temperatures will fall into the upper teens before the sun rises. Don’t expect much of a warm up that afternoon. Despite abundant sunshine, we will struggle to even reach freezing. Cold air continues with virtually zero chance for precipitation for the rest of the week.