Winter Storm to Cause Travel Issues Today

Well, WABBLES, the winter storm is here! Good Monday morning, I hope everyone has their milk and bread! The first wave of wintery precipitation came overnight brining mostly sleet and snow, but the second round later today will bring mostly snow. Stay inside, because this winter storm looks to cause travel issues today.

Winter Storm to Cause Travel Issues Today
A more detailed look into how this storm will play out.

Significant Accumulations Possible Today

This morning we are seeing the remnants of the first wave move out as we approach the quiet period between the two waves. The next round of winter precip looks to enter the region around the mid-morning hours, starting off again as a wintery mix.

Winter Storm to Cause Travel Issues Today
A hodge-podge of winter precipitation looks likely at first with the second wave. (Pivotal Weather)

While it will remain well below freezing today with highs only reaching the upper 20’s, the kicker is that aloft it is slightly above freezing. This is what is creating the ice and sleet rather than all snow. That does look to change as we go through the day.

As we enter the afternoon hours, a transition to all snow is expected. Snow could also be locally heavy at times, so it’s best that everyone avoid travel at all costs. Here’s a quote from the NWS Louisville:

While models continue to shift where the transition zone will set up across the region, there is fairly high confidence that locations along and west of I-65 corridor will see a periods of heavy snow Monday afternoon and night that will have significant impacts on travel. Travel will likely become treacherous, if not near impossible, for a time in those areas.

NWS Louisville AFD

In other words, it’s best to stay home this afternoon and evening. Snowfall totals are still difficult to say with certainty due to the uncertainty in the location of the mixed precip line, but an estimate of 3-5″ of sleet and snow looks likely.

Snow Tapers This Evening

Snowfall looks to taper off as we head into the overnight hours. Rather, it is expected to be downright cold! Lows near 12° could be the coldest temperatures we’ve seen this year. Highs on Tuesday don’t improve much in the low 20’s.

Winter Storm to Cause Travel Issues Today
Temperatures take a nosedive as the storm moves out. Highs in the 20’s look common across the Commonwealth Tuesday! (Pivotal Weather)

However, we do expect conditions to be much quieter. Mostly cloudy skies will be the highlight for Tuesday as we prepare for the next round of winter weather on Wednesday.

That finishes today’s forecast. Thanks for reading! Follow our live weather feed @wxornotBG, as well as on Facebook, for all your weather updates. Stay inside, be safe, and enjoy the snow!