Snow-melting rain, flooding and fog forecast for Friday

Cesar Mills
January 14, 2018

The National Weather Service in Louisville reported snow totals of 1 to 4 inches across the state, with the highest amounts north and west of Lexington.

Here's what forecasters are saying.

"Several mornings of area wide single digit wind chills is likely through the weekend and into next week". A new snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches is possible.

The combination of moderate to heavy rain, on top of snow melt and the possibility of isolated ice jams along area rivers and streams, presents the threat of localized street flooding. As ice breaks apart, sometimes it can collect and block the flow of water, causing rivers to rise upstream.

The winter weather advisory will affect the following counties: Phillips, Smith, Jewell, Rooks, Osborne, Mitchell, Valley, Greeley, Nance, Sherman, Howard, Merrick, Polk, Dawson, Buffalo, Hall, Hamilton, York, Gosper, Phelps, Kearney, Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Furnas, Harlan, Franklin, Webster, Nuckolls and Thayer. By 12pm Friday and into the afternoon, we will transition from rain to a wintry mix, with temperatures around 35 degrees midday Friday.

Friday will be a mess with heavy rain and widespread fog.

No snow this time, unless Mother Nature changes her mind, but the upcoming week promises another bout of frigid temperatures as nighttime lows drop well below freezing. A clipper type system will quickly approach for Tuesday into Wednesday. However, according to reports, the resulting melting snow could result in potential major flooding in certain areas, particularly in communities situated along the coastline, although flood alerts are in effect for interior areas of Long Island as well. Northwest wind around 15 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 20 miles per hour.

Tonight: Rain likely, mainly after 3 a.m.

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No major weather-related accidents were reported in Lexington overnight Saturday while road crews were out in full force force treating roads. South wind 5 to 8 miles per hour.

Our next chance at snow comes next Tuesday. We expect rain showers and 40s for Friday morning. South wind 5 to 10 miles per hour. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent.

Early forecast models suggest a foot or more snow is possible across a wide swath of Western New York.

Little snow accumulation is expected.

SATURDAY: Rain ends in the morning.

Strong wind gusts could also be possible Thursday afternoon and evening. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Saturday will bring temperatures down to 65 degrees and mostly sunny skies.

SUNDAY: Sunny, with a high near 22.

Dr. M.L. KING DAY / MONDAY: Mostly cloudy skies and cold temperatures continue, with a high temperature of 32 degrees.

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