An area of low pressure developed over Louisiana on Friday February 10th and moved northeast to a position near the Outer Banks of North Carolina by Saturday evening on the 11th. An area of rain, mixed with snow in some areas, overspread eastern Kentucky Friday evening and gradually changed over to all snow from northwest to southeast. Temperatures remained near or slightly above freezing through most of the day on Saturday, limiting snowfall accumulations. As the low moved away Saturday night, a cold upper low moved overhead producing numerous snow showers, many of which were very heavy, dumping snowfall at the rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour for brief periods of time. The snow showers continued through the day on Sunday the 12th, before tapering off early on Monday the 13th.
Snowfall amounts varied from an inch to as much as 6 inches in the valleys, with the higher amounts occurring in areas that received the heaviest snow showers Saturday night. The higher elevations along the Virginia border received the greatest amounts with over 10 inches in some spots. The following graphic is an estimate of snowfall across eastern Kentucky based on available reports received through late Sunday February 12th when most of the accumulating snow had ended.