LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — A winter storm will be here this weekend, impacting the Commonwealth and surrounding states.

This storm will feature mainly snow, with the mixing of freezing rain and sleet possible depending on the track of the storm.

The Weather Authority at FOX 56 will keep you updated on the latest timing and storm outlook on-air and online at FOX56News.com.

WHAT IS IT?:

It’s a low-pressure system that dives south toward Alabama and Georgia and then rolls north toward North Carolina and eventually Maryland and Pennsylvania. Winter storms like these often get the nickname, “Southern Slider.”

AMOUNTS:

2 to 5 inches of snow on average with an icy mix of freezing rain, sleet, and even some rain that may fall in the hours beforehand. Much of the snow should taper off around 1 a.m. Monday, Jan. 16, but another 0.5 to 1+ inch of snow could fall around sunrise in spots with leftover snow showers and flurries on Monday.

TIMING:

Much like NASCAR, this will be a “rolling start”, generally between 7 a.m. and noon for central, southern, and eastern Kentucky. Snow showers and flurries may not increase until mid to late afternoon, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and are expected to last into Monday, as the center of the storm rolls up towards Washington D.C.

IMPACTS:

This winter storm will likely have a negative impact on travel, making it much harder to do with snow and ice-covered roads.

Keep in mind, some freezing rain and sleet, not only here, but in surrounding states could also complicate matters for travelers on the road this holiday weekend.

This impact will be felt not only here in Kentucky but across much of the Southeast and mid-Atlantic states going into Sunday and Monday.

With enough ice or freezing rain, for example, loss of power can also be anticipated in some areas, particularly in the South and East including Tennessee and North Carolina. The areas that get hit hardest could be just north of Atlanta, Ga., to Asheville, N.C., to Roanoke, Va., to central Pa.

Winter storm potential as of 1 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17 (FOX 56)

WHAT WE ARE WATCHING:

There are multiple moving parts to a winter storm less than a day away.

Think of it as the 3 T’s: track, timing, and temperature.

Right now, it appears most of what falls will be snow, but sleet and freezing rain are going to be possible in Kentucky as well.

BOTTOM LINE:

It will snow in Kentucky this weekend, and the amounts could be significant in eastern Kentucky. The amount of sleet and freezing rain that does fall will cut down on totals. It is important to check back often with winter forecasts like these as the variables involved are quite fluid and expectations can change almost as rapidly as the weather conditions.

Weekend storm confidence meter as of 10 a.m. Jan. 14. (FOX 56)

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