On this Date in Weather History - Snowstorm Hits Southeast Kentucky in 1982

A powerful winter storm dumped from 4 to 11 inches of snow across portions of eastern Kentucky on December 11th and 12th, 1982. The surface maps below show that the storm system developed along the northern Gulf Coast and slid east-northeastward passing off the Carolina coast during the morning of the 12th. Snow developed over east Kentucky on the 11th and continued overnight into the morning of the 12th as Gulf and Atlantic moisture was thrown back into the southern Appalachians and colder air was pulled southward into eastern Kentucky.

December 11th, 1982 Surface Map

Morning Surface Map December 11th, 1982 (click on image to enlarge)

 

December 12th, 1982 Surface Map

Morning Surface Map December 12th, 1982 (click on image to enlarge)

Harlan and Letcher Counties experienced the worst of the storm, with some roads closed due to the snow.  Motorists were stranded and nearly ten thousand customers were without power in the hardest hit areas.

Here's some of the snow totals for the storm...

Location

County

Snow Amount

Closplint

Harlan

10.0"

Jeremiah

Letcher

8.0"

Skyline

Letcher

7.5"

Fishtrap Lake

Pike

6.0"

Manchester

Clay

5.5"

Barbourville

Knox

5.0"

Williamsburg

Whitley

4.5"

Hazard

Perry

4.5"

London

Laurel

4.1"

Buckhorn Lake

Perry

4.0"

Carr Creek Lake

Knott

4.0"

Middlesboro

Bell

4.0"

Jackson NWS

Breathitt

3.8"

Paintsville

Johnson

3.5"

Monticello

Wayne

3.0"

Somerset

Pulaski

3.0"

Mount Vernon

Rockcastle

1.0"



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