Many Central Kentuckians awoke to a rare sight Saturday morning, a real white Christmas.
No matter if there is snow on the ground, it has to snow on Christmas Day for meteorologists to consider it a white Christmas. The Lexington area received 1 inch of snow after midnight Saturday, said Ryan Sharp, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Louisville.
A trace of snow fell on Christmas Day in 2005. But the last time there was more than a dusting of snow on Christmas was 1995 when Lexington had 0.3 inches.
The snowiest Christmas on record was in 1935 when Lexington got 6.5 inches, Sharp said.
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To the east on Saturday, Hazard had up to 3 inches of snow.
Main roads Saturday were mostly clear with isolated icy spots. Secondary roads remained snow-covered, said Kentucky State Police dispatcher John Farley at Post 13 in Hazard.
Temperatures in Central Kentucky by mid-afternoon Saturday were 27 degrees. Up to 2 inches of snow was expected through Saturday night, and a winter weather advisory was issued by the Weather Service for the Bluegrass.
Snow will taper off Sunday night, but temperatures will be nippy. Wind chill will be 10 degrees on Monday morning. Freezing temperatures will hang around on Tuesday, but a warming trend is headed this way.
Highs are expected in the upper 30s on Wednesday with a chance of rain, and into the mid-50s on Friday. Rain is forecast for the weekend.