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January 24, 2013

Pulaski may be greeted by snow, ice Friday morning

Somerset —  

It’s nearly impossible to know exactly how a weather storm will impact an area some 12 hours before its expected arrival, but meteorologists are cautioning people that it’s not about how much or what — it’s about staying safe.
“With a mixed wintry weather system, it is always really, really dicey (predicting what will happen),” said John Jacobson, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, Ky. “We’re so close between rain and snow, being just a little off in any way can make a big difference.”
As of around 5 p.m. Thursday, the winter weather picture for Pulaski looked like this: An estimated one to two inches of snow was expected to begin falling in the area starting early this morning.
 That means any winter precipitation will no doubt impact the morning rush. 
“This is going to create really hazardous weather conditions,” said Jacobson.
Depending on how the system moves in, the area will most likely see a bit of freezing rain as well throughout the day today.
But Jacobson emphasized that today’s weather forecast can change in an instant. He said more snow could mean less ice, and less snow could mean more ice. Either way, he said the area will be getting some type of winter weather — and he said the bitterly cold temperatures over the last few days won’t help things.
“Anything that falls frozen is going to create a problem,” said Jacobson. 
That’s because the road surfaces are cold, thanks to a frozen ground. Even treated surfaces may see some slick spots, depending on what comes down. Jacobson said drivers should be aware of what the weather is doing, and even try to avoid traveling if they can.
The area is under a winter weather advisory from 2 a.m. until 11 p.m. today. 

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