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October 29, 2012

Somerset might not get snow, but we’re sure to get wind

Somerset —  

The so-called “Frankenstorm” that began battering the east coast this week will be little more ferocious than a child in a Frankenstein Halloween mask by the time its effects reach Pulaski County.
While eastern Kentucky is hit with snow — likely up to a foot in higher elevations, according to forecaster Pete Geogerian of the National Weather Service in Jackson, Ky. — Somerset is likely to only get “ a few flakes” out of the deal.
“I don’t think there will be much of an impact out there,” said Geogerian of Pulaski’s area of south-central Kentucky. “The ground will be too warm and you’ll miss out on the heavier precipitation. The lighter the precipitation is, the less likely it is you’re going to be see accumulating snow.
“It’s not like you won’t see a few flakes mixed in potentially (Tuesday) morning,” he added. “You may see a temporary dusting around the ground area, but the ground will catch up and melt it.”
As such, Pulaski will find itself just a hair too far west to feel what Geogerian calls the “impact” the storm will have east of I-75. 
He said that in counties such as Johnson or Floyd, close to the borders with Virginia and West Virginia, the snow will begin this evening at 10 p.m. and go through noon tomorrow, with heavy accumulation in high elevations and likely about two inches or so in valley areas.
“Pulaski, Wayne, and Rockcastle Counties are kind of on that fringe of heavier precipitation,” he said. “The storm system is only going to get so far west and then start drifting north.”
The slight threat of a flake or two of snow has local road crews on standby. 
Although significant accumulation is unlikely to happen, Carrie Wiese, attorney for the City of Somerset, said the city’s road crews have the supplies ready should it be needed. 

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