State

Eastern Kentucky snowfall could approach record

Timothy Smith walked along Main Street in Lexington on Friday morning as he headed to a doctor’s appointment and then work. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Central Kentucky through 7 a.m. Saturday.
Timothy Smith walked along Main Street in Lexington on Friday morning as he headed to a doctor’s appointment and then work. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Central Kentucky through 7 a.m. Saturday. palcala@herald-leader.com

This will be one of the bigger snow events since the 1990s for Eastern Kentucky.

Preliminary snowfall totals

List of cities and totals in Eastern Kentucky

The National Weather Service office in Jackson said 8.5 inches had fallen there by 1 p.m. Friday. That tied Jan. 6, 1996, as the fifth greatest one-day snowfall there.

Accumulations of five to 12 inches were expected in Eastern Kentucky, but some local places could see 15 inches or more, the Jackson office said.

The greatest one-day snowfall recorded by Jackson was 19.8 inches on March 12, 1993. The second-greatest was 15.1 inches on Jan. 17, 1994.

“Right now, we’re definitely looking at a top three one-day snowfall here for the weather service in Jackson,” said meteorologist Tony Edwards.

The snowfall in Lexington from this storm probably will not surpass the one from last March.

The 17.1 inches that fell on March 4 and 5 last year was the heaviest two-day snowfall ever in Lexington, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville.

It surpassed the 13.5 inches that fell Jan. 13 and 14, 1917 on the city. The same amount fell on Jan. 26 and 27, 1943.

Lexington isn’t likely to see that kind of snow this time. “But somebody probably not too far from you probably will see that much,” said Ron Steve, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Louisville.

Steve couldn’t pin down exactly where because “this storm is sporadically organizing into bands that will end up sitting over certain areas, and they’ll drop an inch or two of snow in an hour.”

Another note: 17.4 inches of snow fell in 1998 in Lexington but that was over three days, not two.

  Comments