KTC crews prepared for snow | Weather
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews are geared up to respond to a Christmas night snowstorm that could create travel issues overnight on Tuesday and through the day on Wednesday here in western Kentucky.
Before they left work on Friday, KYTC crews fueled their trucks, loaded them with salt, and mounted snow plows so they can be prepared to roll out as quickly as possible as the storm develops.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory. Forecasters are comparing this storm to the Christmas week storm in 2004 that snarled highways across the region, closing some. Areas of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois are expecting up to ten inches or more of snow. Kentucky’s Ohio River border counties could see a few inches. NWS meteorologists are expecting high winds which will further complicate travel.
Motorists are advised to closely monitor the weather forecast and adjust their travel plans to that forecast. There is a good chance that additional watch and warning advisories will be issued by the NWS as the storm continues to develop and move across the region.
The changeover from rain and snow to all snow will be determined by how quickly cold air moves in behind the storm. At this time the weather service indicates the heaviest snow is expect northwest of a line from New Madrid, MO, to Paducah, KY, to Evansville, IN. Areas to the southeast of that line will also get substantial amounts of snow.
Christine Wielgos with the NWS Paducah Office indicated that this storm has the potential to develop near-blizzard conditions with winds above 20 miles per hour. The dividing line between snow and rain has the potential to move farther to the south and east, greatly increasing snow accumulation in the Purchase and Pennyrile Regions of Western Kentucky.
Again, motorists are urged to closely monitor area news media outlets for an updated the forecast. Travelers should carefully consider the weather conditions they may encounter before they head out on the road.