Ole Man Winter’s Last Hurrah?

An upper level disturbance moved through the Ohio valley Friday night March 7, 2007, providing much of the region, including portions of Eastern Kentucky, with a relatively rare spring snowfall. Snow showers developed quickly through the early evening hours with several heavier bands developing between the Ohio River and the Hal Rogers Parkway. Reports of anywhere from a trace to around an inch of snow came into the National Weather Service office in Jackson, Kentucky, where 1.4 inches had fallen by 9:30 pm EDT on Friday the 6th.  Around one inch of snow was also reported to have fallen in parts of Martin County before midnight. As of 3:30 AM EDT on Saturday the 7th, a few areas near the Virginia border had reported heavy accumulations. Closplint had 5.5 inches, while the Highway Department in Harlan County reported around 5 inches along KY Highway 160 south of Lynch near the Virginia state line.

 A resident from Greenup County in Northeast Kentucky even reported some thunder snow on Friday evening. Several ASOS stations across the region reported heavy snow with one quarter mile visibility as some of the heaviest snow bands pushed through. As a rule of thumb, accumulating snow is typically associated with visibilities of one and one-half mile or less. The snow showers had tapered to isolated snow showers and flurries prior to dawn on Saturday the 7th. A couple of National Weather Service employees even managed to capture a few pictures of this event (see below).

In addition to the snowfall, record low temperatures were also set on the 6th, just before midnight, breaking records dating back to 1982. The mercury fell to 24 degrees at Jackson, while a reading of 26 degrees was recorded at London. The high temperature of 41 degrees at Jackson on the 6th is the record coldest high temperature ever recorded at Jackson for that date. 

On the 7th, the high temperature at the Jackson Weather office was only 33 degrees, while the high at London was 36 degrees. Both readings broke records for the coldest high temperature ever recorded on the 7th.

On Sunday morning, the mercury had dropped to 19 degrees at London, and down to 21 degrees at Jackson. Both readings broke daily record lows for April 8th, and furthermore, London’s 19 degrees established a new April record low temperature. London’s previous monthly low was 21 degrees, which was set back on April 7th, 1982. Also, on Sunday the 8th, the high temperature at the Jackson Weather office was only 39 degrees. This reading broke the record for the coldest high temperature ever recorded on the 8th.



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