The mounds of snow that stopped Kentucky in its tracks Monday will be with us for a while, along with dangerously cold weather.
Most of Central Kentucky was expected to get 10 to 15 inches of snow through Monday evening, though some places to the south and east were likely to get more.
It was the worst winter storm since Feb. 4 and 5, 1998, when Lexington got more than 13 inches.
WKYT-TV chief meteor ologist Chris Bailey told his television audience Monday afternoon: "Folks have been asking me for years, 'When are we gonna get the big one? When are we gonna get the big one?'
"You just got the big one."
Bailey said Monday ranked among the five snowiest days on record in Lexington.
Tuesday's high of 22 will be the highest temperature Lexington will see until Saturday, when temperatures finally break freezing, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville.
Morning lows of minus 5 to minus 20 are expected for Central Kentucky on Thursday and Friday, with wind chills of minus 17 to minus 27, the weather service said.
The last time temperatures in Lexington reached minus 10 was February 1996. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Lexington was minus 21 degrees on Jan. 21, 1963.
There is also a chance of snow showers Tuesday night and Wednesday, though they are not expected to produce nearly as much precipitation as Monday's storm.
The weekend is expected to be warmer, but the weather service warned that "another storm system could bring snow or rain Friday night through Sunday."