Local effects result in clouds and snow flurries across McCracken County, KY

An interesting local phenomenon will occur occasionally across McCracken County, when cold arctic air spreads into western Kentucky from the northwest. Warm air rising from the stacks at the Shawnee Fossil Plant, and from USEC will interact with the very cold air to produce clouds, and occasionally snow flurries. At 8 a.m., the temperature at Barkley Regional Airport was 14 degrees, with winds from the North at 8 mph. Included below are pictures of the clouds and flurries being produced from the Shawnee Fossil Plant and USEC, and visible and radar imagery from around 8 a.m. 1/2/2010.

Looking north toward USEC from Barkley Regional at 7:55 a.m. 1/2/2010. You can see the
clouds/steam being generated. Movement was to the south and southeast across western
McCracken county

Looking north from Barkley Regional toward the Shawnee Fossil Plant 7:55 a.m. 1/2/2010

Light powdery snow from the snow flurries being produced. The visibility was reduced to
4 miles in light snow shortly after 8 a.m. at Barkley Regional in western McCracken county

Radar detected the snow flurries across western McCracken county. Flurries and light snow
were detected over Marshall and Calloway counties as well shortly after 8 a.m.

Visible satellite imagery shows where the cloud bands were located around 8 a.m. this
morning (1/2/2010).

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