LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — As of 4:10 PM today, Snow started to fall outside the FOX 56 studio here in Lexington. Many had a combination of ice, freezing rain, sleet and rain earlier, but now the focus will stay on the snow for the rest of the day and into the night.  

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.”
At this time the “Southern Slider” is beginning to pull away, and temperatures are starting to drop.

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. Our Winter Storm Warning will continue until 3 AM on Monday.  Don’t be surprised if leftover snow showers and flurries linger well into Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, where another 0.5″ to 1.0″ of snow may accumulate in spots.

TIMING:

Snow showers and flurries will continue, tapering off closer to midnight. Don’t be surprised to find more flakes falling in the morning, with another 0.5 to 1.0 inches of additional snow in spots.

(David Aldrich FOX 56)

IMPACTS:

This winter storm is having a negative impact on travel, with reported crashes on the increase.

(David Aldrich FOX 56)

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

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)

BOTTOM LINE:

It is snowing in parts of Kentucky while other parts continue seeing a mix. 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.

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