Several months ago, the five NWS offices serving Kentucky, in conjunction with the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM), elected to forgo a pre-determined Winter Weather Awareness Week for 2012. Instead, it was decided to designate the 2012 Winter Weather Awareness campaign as the five days leading up to the first significant winter weather event to affect a majority of the Commonwealth`s population and area. Given the current forecast model guidance for December 26-27, the NWS and KYEM have now designated December 21-25, 2012 for Kentucky Winter Weather Awareness.
In addition to the winter solstice occurring at 7:11 a.m. EST (6:11 a.m. CST) today, many Kentuckians were treated to their first taste of winter precipitation over the past 24 hours. All of this, however, is just a teaser for the more significant winter storm setting its sights on the Commonwealth next week. While current indications are that the storm will pale in comparison to the blizzard that just trekked from the Central Plains to the Great Lakes, its timing immediately after Christmas could cause problems for those with holiday travel plans.
The good news is that it's not too late to prepare yourself, your vehicle, and your home for this weather!
Over the next few days, visit the Kentucky Winter Weather Awareness page for valuable winter awareness and preparedness information. Included are tips for preparing for snow, cold, and ice, as well as information on how to stay abreast of the latest forecast and observed conditions. Just as importantly, you can discover ways to send YOUR weather observations to the NWS to help us better serve Kentuckians as we strive to meet our mission of protecting lives and property by the issuance of timely forecasts, warnings, and weather information.