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Snow expected to run fairly deep in sections of the Commonwealth

Stu Johnson

Kentucky’s first snow of 2022 is blanketing the Commonwealth. The heaviest accumulations are predicted for the southcentral and Eastern Kentucky regions. Louisville Meteorologist Brian Neudorff said those areas could see six to eight inches by the time it moves out tonight. “People say that your snow to liquid ratio, you know rain to snow ratio is ten to one. For every one inch of rain, you get ten inches of snow. When you get colder air, that increases a bit. So, now instead of every one inch of rain, you may be looking at 15 inches of snow,” said Neudorff.

15 inches of snow is not predicted in this event. On the up side, Neudorff said a drier snow tends to cause fewer problems in interrupting electricity. “If you’re kind of leaning are there power outage concerns. Good news is there’s no leaves on the trees, it’s not a heavy snow, so snow loading is not an issue. Again, with this event the main concern is just the amount of snow and then of course, followed by, how cold it gets.”

Neudorff noted there could certainly be driving visibility issues during the snow event. After bitterly cold temperatures Friday, conditions are expected to improve Saturday with warmer readings. Neudorff added there could be some rain on top of the snowpack causing localized flooding.

Stu has been reporting for WEKU for more than 35 years. His primary beat is Lexington/Fayette government.
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