(WYMT) - Our WYMT Severe Weather Alert Day continues into the weekend due to the threat of winter weather, including wintry mix and snow.
Winter Weather Advisories are out for the entire region through early Saturday morning. Rain will continue throughout the afternoon hours and into the early evening hours on Friday. The approaching cold front has caused temperatures to drop rapidly out in Western Kentucky. That same cold front will create a huge temperature drop later this evening. That cold blast of air and a low-pressure system sliding across the region will bring a wintry mix and snow by the early evening hours.
The changeover is expected to happen anywhere from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. across Eastern Kentucky, depending on where you're located. All of the mountains should be under snow showers by 10 p.m.
As for snow accumulations, 1-3" is a general good bet for most of Eastern Kentucky. We really like the idea of a swath of snow to set up across central Kentucky and our far western and northern counties. This is why we have placed a 2-4" snow area to include a chunk of the WYMT viewing area. It is important to remember that any ice or sleet accumulation will result in less snow totals. I think the best chance of ice in southern Kentucky and into central Kentucky early in the event. Sleet will be possible for everyone.
Temperatures will fall into the low 20s and upper teens tonight, making travel tough and any leftover liquid frozen on the roadways. Please do not attempt to travel when the snow begins to fall.
The timing for this approaching wintry system looks to be on track this morning. Here's what we're looking at. Try to make sure you are off the roads by these times. #SWAD #wymtwx pic.twitter.com/QS0utZKPVi— AndrewWYMT (@AndrewWYMT) January 12, 2018
Saturday & Sunday
The snow showers will continue for a while on Saturday before tapering off in the early afternoon. Highs on Saturday will reach the lower 20s with mostly cloudy skies.
We really think we have a shot to see some cold temperatures Saturday night. The WYMT Weather team is watching for snow pack to cool temperatures down and mostly clear skies. If both of those happen, we could see widespread single-digit low temperatures, which will make us continue our Severe Weather Alert Day.
Sunday looks a little better, but still cold. Highs will be in the mid 20s under sun and clouds before dropping back into the teens overnight.
If you somehow don't get snow this weekend, we do have another chance for Monday night and into Tuesday. We can touch on that later! Let's get past this system first.