'Most widespread storm' of the winter takes aim at Kentucky

kward1@herald-leader.comMarch 1, 2014 

An American flag was frozen stiff at Fourth Street and Broadway in Danville during a winter storm in 2009. On Sunday night and Monday morning, a winter storm carried more snow that freezing rain in Central Kentucky.

PHOTO BY CHARLES BERTRAM — Herald-Leader Staff File Photo

A messy mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow is expected to pummel the state Sunday and Monday.

WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey said it is likely to be "the most widespread winter storm of the entire winter" for Kentucky. Chris Bailey's weather blog

Bailey said most parts of the Bluegrass may get "several inches of snow and ice accumulation."

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for most of Kentucky for Sunday and early Monday. An ice storm warning is in place for southwest Kentucky.

Snow and ice accumulations could pose travel hazards, and power outages are a possibility.

"The more sleet and snow we can get, the better. The freezing rain is what causes all the trouble with ice," Bailey said.

Sunday will start out mild and rainy, but temperatures will drop throughout the day, and freezing rain, sleet and snow will begin late Sunday afternoon. Winds of up to 30 mph are also expected.

Bailey said it will likely be snowing when Central Kentuckians get up Monday morning, and highs Monday might not hit 20 degrees. Tuesday's highs will likely be below freezing too, he said.

The Catholic Action Center announced that it will stay open around the clock beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday. Members of the Street Voice Council and community volunteers planned to visit homeless camps Saturday night to urge people to come in during the bad weather.

Two years ago Sunday, Kentucky suffered one of the most severe tornado outbreaks in its history. Bailey attended an event Saturday in Menifee County to mark that anniversary, and he said the county faces a new problem with the coming storm.

"They completely have no salt here. None," he said. "There are several counties that have no salt to put on the roads."

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Karla Ward: (859) 231-3314. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety

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