A winter storm headed into Kentucky on Tuesday night, bringing weather that might leave some pilgrims a little frustrated with their pre-Thanksgiving journeys.
Overnight Tuesday and during the day Wednesday, much of the area could get several inches of snow, WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey said.
A winter storm warning was issued for parts of Eastern Kentucky through 7 p.m. Wednesday.
In the higher elevations of Eastern Kentucky, Bailey said, 6 inches of snow could accumulate.
Wednesday's high will be in the 20s, and winds could reach 20 to 30 mph, he said.
That might make it feel like single-digit temperatures.
Thursday should be dry, but temperatures Thanksgiving morning will be in the teens, with highs reaching into the low 30s Thursday afternoon, Bailey said.
All that means travelers should be prepared for delays.
"We certainly recommend checking with your airline," said Amy Caudill, spokeswoman for Blue Grass Airport.
She said airlines keep the most up-to-date information posted on their websites and provide valuable information via apps.
Caudill also suggested that people monitor the weather not only at their destination but also at any cities they are traveling through this week.
Travelers who change their flight plans because of snarls caused by the weather can sometimes get the airlines to waive fees, she said.
"We always hope for clear weather," she said. "We're hoping the weather will cooperate this year."
The state Transportation Cabinet said crews were working past their normally scheduled hours to treat roads in Central Kentucky on Tuesday night, and contractors had been called in to supplement the work done by state crews.
Lexington police and Kentucky State Police urged drivers to use extra caution.
Motorists should "plan ahead, be sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained, drive defensively and ensure their vehicle is properly maintained to handle the effects of cold temperatures," state police spokesman Sgt. Michael Webb said in a news release.
State police said slippery roads were a contributing factor in 12,034 crashes, which caused 72 deaths, during 2012.
A little snowwith your turkey
The last time it snowed on Thanksgiving in Lexington was back in 2004, when we had a few snow flurries.
The snowiest Thanksgiving on record for Lexington is 1938, when 4.2 inches fell.
The warmest Thansgiving on record for Lexington was 71 degrees in 1896; the coldest was 3 degrees in 1930.
Lexington averages less than a half-inch of snow for the entire month of November.
The snowiest November on record for Lexington was in 1950, when we got 9.7 inches of snow. There is chance to crack the top 10 snowiest Novembers on record this year depending on how much snow falls this week.
Chris Bailey's blog keeps an eye on the weather for Lexington and beyond
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