An Ugly Last Call For Snowfall -6:30pm Update

By: Chris Bailey
By: Chris Bailey

What does the southward trend mean for snow totals.

6:30pm Update

Good Sunday evening. Moderate to heavy snow continues to fall across much of eastern Kentucky into the southern half of West Virginia. Amounts of 4"-6" have been common in these areas and we have numerous reports of power outages. Many roads are snow covered and slick.

Additional snowfall this evening will bring some totals to 8" or more. This area was always the focus of the storm and the area we targeted for the highest amounts. The sharp northern cutoff to the snow set up just a bit farther south than expected, but those things happen with this type a situation. 25 miles is the difference between no snow on the ground and 5 or 6 inches. Would you guys like to try to forecast EXACTLY where that line sets up over a three state radius? I didn't think so.

FYI... I will have some big news coming on the blog over the next few weeks.

Keep the snow reports coming and have a great evening. Take care.

3pm Update

Heavy snow continues to break out across much of eastern Kentucky into the southern half of West Virginia. I am already getting 3" snowfall totals coming from the Big Sandy Valley and this area will pick up more than 6" of snow through this evening. Similar conditions should develop across WV over the next several hours.

Here's a pic from near Prestonsburg, Ky...

This heavy, wet snow may cause power problems in some areas. Keep posting the weather where you live and take care.

Previous Update

Good Sunday everyone. A winter storm will deliver a glancing blow to the region today into tonight. This system has shown a marked southward trend over the last 24 hours and that doesn’t spell good news for snow lovers. Thunderstorms across the south have also been taking a toll on the northward extent of the moisture supply.

This doesn’t mean our area is going to get shut out of snow, it just means the highest totals are now targeted for east Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina. Yep… last winter the big storms missed us to the north. Our one shot this winter and the storm decides to go south.

Those lines may lines may go a little farther south or north based on how the low plays out today into this evening. But, that’s the last call you guys get from me. :)

If you have been a regular reader of this site, you know the operation of things. I put out a Winter Storm Threat days in advance of the possibility of a storm and then upgrade to an Alert if it looks like a for sure deal. I did not upgrade this storm and I’m not saying that’s the right or wrong call because I’m writing this before the first flakes even fly. I do expect this to meet winter storm criteria across parts of southeastern Kentucky and southern West Virginia, but I was never comfortable enough to put out a full-fledged Alert. That’s saying something coming from this gunslinger of a forecaster. ;)

Now, watch this be the one storm I don’t go into alert mode on and it ends up smacking us around. Here are your radars...




You guys will also become a valuable tracking tool by giving us updates from where you live.

I will drop by with updates through the day. Have a great Sunday and take care.

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