Those hoping for a good, deep snow in Pulaski County were sorely disappointed yesterday.

“There was definitely less snow than we thought there would be,” said Pete Geogerian, general forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Jackson.

As the white stuff started falling late Friday night and continued to fall steadily Saturday morning, it looked as though the county was headed for the two-to-five-inch snowfall for which weather forecasters had been calling.

But by noon yesterday, the giant flakes had turned to tiny flurries, and the snow on the ground was melting quicker than it had come.

“We’ve seen the majority of the snow we were going to see this weekend,” Geogerian said Saturday afternoon.

How did the county manage to miss the promised accumulation?

“Temperatures just didn’t cool off enough. If it had been a couple degrees cooler, we would have had more accumulation. A degree or two can make all the difference. The system was also just not quite as strong as we thought it to be,” Geogerian said.

“Sometimes it just doesn’t pan out.”

At press time, forecasters were expecting an additional one or two inches of snow at the most Saturday night. However, that snow, like the snow which fell earlier Saturday, was expected to melt quickly as temperatures warmed.

Off and on snow showers are also expected today, tonight, and possibly even Monday morning, but no accumulation is expected. High temperatures today should be in the lower 30s, and low temperatures tonight should be in the mid 20s.

A snow advisory was expected to remain in effect until late Saturday night.

Geogerian said the advisory was mainly “precautionary” — put in place to remind motorists to watch out for limited visibility and slick roads.

Counties which reported three inches of snow accumulation as of Saturday afternoon included: Breathitt, Elliott, Fleming, Lee, Morgan, Rockcastle, and Wolfe.

Laurel County reported four inches of snow, and Estill County reported four to five inches.

“It’s been several years since we’ve seen four inches of snow here in Jackson,” Geogerian observed.

“This winter so far has really been un-winter like. The last couple of winters have been very mild.”

For those who are happy to see the snow melting so quickly, there is more good news.

“We’re expecting to see things warm up Tuesday through Thursday,” Geoger-ian said.

The current forecast calls for temperatures in the upper 50s Wednesday.


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