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First snowfall of 2019 brings 2 inches to the region. What can we expect next?

Aerial footage of Lexington’s first snowfall of 2019

Aerial footage of Lexington's first snowfall of the year. An estimated two inches of snow blanketed the city Saturday morning.
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Aerial footage of Lexington's first snowfall of the year. An estimated two inches of snow blanketed the city Saturday morning.

As expected, Lexington and Kentucky woke up Saturday to find a blanket of snow on the ground.

Lexington, Lawrenceburg and Mount Sterling reported 2 inches of snowfall, while Beattyville and other spots in Eastern Kentucky reported 1 inch or less, according to the National Weather Service. Light rain was falling in Lexington before 8 a.m. Saturday.

Between midnight and 9 a.m. Saturday there were 14 non-injury collisions, one injury accident and 10 requests for motorist assistance, Lexington police reported on Twitter.

During Saturday morning, arterial streets in Lexington were clear but wet. Side streets were slushier.

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Darren Taylor, of Lexington, had a snowball fight with his sons Carter Taylor, 5, left, and Wesley Taylor, 5, not pictured, at Gratz Park Saturday in Lexington. An estimated two inches of snow blanketed the area Saturday morning. Alex Slitz aslitz@herald-leader.com

Central Kentuckians can count themselves lucky because snowfall totals were much greater in Missouri. Areas in and around St. Louis reported 10 inches, while Columbia, Mo., reported 13 inches.

The National Weather Service said Sunday’s forecast calls for rain mainly before 10 a.m. with cloudy skies and a high near 36 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch are possible..

Sunday night there is a slight chance of rain before 11 p.m., then a slight chance of freezing rain. It will be cloudy with a low around 27, and the chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

Monday there will be a chance of freezing rain before noon, then a slight chance of drizzle between noon and 1 p.m. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 36.

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Lexington’s first snowfall of 2019 blankets downtown in 1-2 inches of snow. Alex Slitz aslitz@herald-leader.com

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