Snow by the Foot! Latest Updates on Eastern Storms
The latest storm system to impact much of the eastern 2/3 of the country brought heavy snow across northern Kentucky piling up in feet, not inches, in spots! The snow started to fall Wednesday afternoon and only finally started to taper off around the lunch hour Thursday.
Snow reports ranging from one to two feet stretched from Paducah to Elizabethtown to Lexington to Vanceburg. South of Louisville in the Elizabethtown area, 16 to 20 inches fell through the night. Numerous accidents on I-65 Wednesday evening created backups in the less than ideal weather. Snow piled up around those backed up cars causing motorists to get stranded in some cases for up to 12 hours. The National Guard has stepped in to help rescue motorists still stranded.
The Louisville airport recorded 8.3 inches of snow through midnight Wednesday night setting a new snowfall record for the day. The old record was 3.1 inches set back in 1917. Surprisingly, Wednesday’s official snowfall of 7.1 inches in Lexington was short of the day’s snowfall record of 9.2 inches also set back in 1917. Thursday’s official amount won’t come out until after midnight.
Typically, February is Louisville’s snowiest month averaging 4.5 inches of snow. March ranks as the fourth snowiest month for the city with an average of 1.4 inches. Lexington’s snowiest month is typically February as well averaging 4.6 inches of snow. Just like Louisville, March ranks as Lexington’s fourth snowiest month with an average of 1.4 inches.
Thankfully, drier and warmer days are ahead for the Bluegrass State including Lexington and Louisville, so all that snow should melt away quickly!
Meteorologist Stephanie Ortmann