Winter storm to impact the mountains

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(WYMT) - Our Severe Weather Alert Day continues as snow is expected to fall throughout the day on Sunday. Heavy wet snow will cause big impacts in southern and southeastern Kentucky. Southwestern Virginia will also deal with major issues throughout the day on Sunday.

Here is what we know at this time.

A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued and extended for portions of the WYMT coverage area. This goes up through Breathitt County and falls down through Knott, Leslie, Perry and others. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for our Virginia and Tennessee Counties along with Letcher, Harlan, Bell and Pike Counties in Kentucky.

To read more on the advisories, please click here.

Overnight lows will drop into the lower 20s. Mostly cloudy skies will be the main story as rain arrives around midnight for our southern counties. As we go into the overnight hours, we will start to see that transition to freezing rain and snow. That transition could be anywhere from 3-6 AM. That is when travel conditions are expected to get worse.

Heavy wet snow will quickly add up in southeastern Kentucky. Our latest call for snowfall is calling for 4-8+" in those locations. We wouldn't be surprised to see someone in these areas pick up double digits. Keep that in mind. Heavy wet snow will cause problems if enough falls. Power outages will be the main problem we will look at. We also will be watching the lower areas of snow totals for some freezing rain. Remember, freezing rain will cause just as many issues in the mountains.

Highs on Sunday will reach the upper 30s in our northern viewing area and some spots will remain in the low-mid 30s to the south. Notice the spread. Once again, the southern and southeast tier look to have the colder temperatures across the mountains. This is where the cold air looks to be in place for snowfall.

The main impacts of this storm still look to be through Sunday morning and into Sunday afternoon. Models have actually sped this system up, if that's the case, we should be fine by Sunday night and into Monday as snow exits the area by the early evening hours on Sunday.

Next Week
After a few flakes early Monday morning, conditions will clear. Look for highs in the lower 40s with decreasing clouds through Monday. Highs could be colder with the snowpack. We will keep an eye on this. Highs on Tuesday and Wednesday look warmer with readings in the low-mid 40s and mostly sunny skies. Thank you, high pressure. We need a break after this mess.

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