The snow began across eastern Kentucky early Saturday morning and finally tapered to flurries by Tuesday afternoon and evening in all areas. To go along with the snow, an early season cold blast has gripped the area as well.
Most of eastern Kentucky had a coating of snow on the ground Tuesday morning after over three days of nearly non-stop snow. The heaviest amounts have been over the higher elevations along the Virginia border. The Kentucky Mesonet Station near Dorton, KY at 2774' elevation has accumulated 0.80" precipitation since early Saturday morning. A conservative estimate would mean over 10" of snow has fallen at that location. Below is a summary of event total snowfall amounts from area observers and a map of the observed snow depth early Tuesday morning.
Temperatures dropped below the freezing mark Saturday evening and haven't risen since. Below are maps of observed high and low temperatures across eastern Kentucky Monday and Monday night.
Record cold high temperatures were observed at both Jackson and the London Corbin Airport on Monday December 6th. At the Jackson Weather Office, the calendar day high temperature of 23ºF beat the previous record of 24ºF. At London the calendar day high of 24ºF bested the previous record of 25ºF. The previous records were established back in 1997 at both locations. Cloud cover and the persistent snow has kept temperatures from bottoming out at night, so no record lows have been set from this cold blast yet.
Is A Warm Up on the Way?
Forecast models indicate a warming trend will commence on Thursday with temperatures warming above freezing for most locations. More stormy and cold weather is then likely on the way for the weekend into early next week. So, enjoy the milder weather when it gets here as it may not last long.