SATURDAY IS A WEATHER AUTHORITY ALERT DAY!
Friday PM Update:
Thursday PM Update:
With the potential for ice accumulation, we may also want to be prepared for some sporadic power outages across our area. Here is an exclusive look at the Power Outage Risk Map for our area:
|The time period for this map is Friday 11 PM to Saturday 10 PM|
Thursday Afternoon Update:
New winter weather advisories will be going into effect tonight. Here is the latest advisory map:
Wednesday PM Update:
Extreme cold is making headlines for tonight and Thursday as arctic air spills into the region. Here is a look at the windchill trend for Wednesday night into Wednesday morning:
If you or someone you know needs a warm place to stay, here is a link to a list of local warming centers that we are aware of in the Local 6 region: WARMING CENTERS.
On the heels of record cold temperatures, another winter storm is set to move through the region starting late Thursday night and continuing into the upcoming weekend. Temperatures will be well below freezing Thursday night and Friday making the onset of precipitation snow, sleet, and even freezing rain. We may even see snow and ice accumulation before precipitation switches over to rain Friday night and Saturday. Heavy rainfall will be possible Saturday which may lead to areas of flooding while snow and ice prevent water from saturating the ground below. Once cold air arrives once again on Sunday, another round of light snow accumulation will be possible. The graphic below outlines the timeline we are forecasting for the storm.
I will add potential snow/sleet/freezing rain/rain totals to this page on Thursday morning. Be prepared for another round of winter weather that will interrupt our daily routines all the way through the weekend ahead. If you live in a low-lying area, be alert of flooding potential on Saturday as temperatures reach just above freezing. The Paducah National Weather Service has put out this statement concerning the flooding potential:
"...HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLASH FLOODING LIKELY SATURDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT...
AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE SOUTHERN PLAINS WILL DRAW
MOISTURE NORTHWARD FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO FRIDAY NIGHT THROUGH
SATURDAY NIGHT. THIS WILL RESULT IN WIDESPREAD HEAVY
RAINFALL...WITH MOST AREAS RECEIVING BETWEEN 1 AND 3 INCHES. A
FEW THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE...AND THAT COULD LEAD TOLOCALLY HEAVIER AMOUNTS. 4 TO 10 INCHES OF SNOWPACK OVER THEREGION COULD ADD ANOTHER ONE HALF TO THREE QUARTERS OF AN INCH OFRUNOFF WITH THE HEAVY RAINS.THIS AMOUNT OF RUNOFF WILL EASILY OVERWHELM MANY DRAINAGESYSTEMS...RESULTING FLASH FLOODING. IN ADDITION...IF ASIGNIFICANT LAYER OF ICE DEVELOPS ON TOP OF THE SNOW FROM FREEZINGRAIN EXPECTED EARLY FRIDAY NIGHT...THIS COULD INSULATE THE SNOWAND KEEP IT FROM MELTING. THE RUNOFF WOULD THEN BE FORCED DIRECTLYINTO PLOWED ROADWAYS...RESULTING IN A VERY DANGEROUS FLASHFLOODING SITUATION."
Preparedness for all aspects of this storm should come to completion by Thursday evening and Friday morning. Be alert to quickly changing conditions throughout.