The National Weather Service says a winter storm will blast the Bluegrass with a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain Wednesday and Thursday.
Fayette and a number of counties to the south will be under a winter storm warning from 4 p.m. Wednesday to 1 p.m. Thursday, said Nathan Foster, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Louisville. The warning for Eastern Kentucky is for 9 p.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday.
An inch or two of sleet and snow could fall, then be covered by a quarter-inch or more of freezing rain that could coat power lines, trees and other surfaces with ice, according to a National Weather Service alert.
In Lexington, Foster said, the precipitation probably will move in after 7 p.m. Wednesday.
"It's definitely going to start as snow," he said, noting that a few inches could accumulate.
Overnight Wednesday, the snow should turn to sleet, and by Thursday morning, folks probably will be driving to work in sleet or freezing rain.
"It's not going to be pretty," Foster said.
The sleet/freezing rain should continue through Thursday morning and begin to taper off in the afternoon.
Wednesday morning's commute should be dry but cold.
We'll wake up to single-digit temperatures, with a high for the day in the low-to-mid 20s and an overnight low in the low 20s. Thursday's expected high is 32.