Unfortunately, for the snow weary of Pulaski County, winter weather isn’t totally out of the picture yet.
By Thursday morning, forecasters say there will be some newly-fallen snow on the ground locally. The good news is, it won’t look anything like last week’s massive winter event.
“(We expect) close to an new snow in Somerset,” said Ed Ray, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Jackson, Ky. “There will be higher amount further south and east.”
In areas with higher elevation, such as the mountains of eastern Kentucky, Ray said the snowfall total could be as high as three inches.
Pulaski County, however, will be significantly less, with the most likely total right now looking to be .08 inches.
That will be early Thursday, after having started Wednesday night. More snow showers will continue into the evening Thursday, but nothing to dramatic.
“I don’t think there will be any significant accumulations,” said Ray.
On the plus side, Saturday is likely to be a “break in the action,” so enjoy the weekend while you can. Next week, however, brings a series of storms coming in “rapid-fire fashion” according to Ray.
“For the most part, we’re looking at rain events, though at the onset of each approaching new round of weather, we could see a wintry mix,” said Ray, noting that’s particularly the case in lower valleys. “The primary time for wintry weather might be at the onset of each new round ... coming across every 24-36 hours.”
The first is likely to come Sunday, going into Monday Morning, another round Tuesday, and another Wednesday night going into Thursday.
The biggest threat will be flooding, with rains hitting the packed snow that still remains.
“The issues (next week) might be with local rivers and streams running high,” said Ray.
Temperatures will undergo a “gradual warming,” said Ray, though still below the norms for this time of year — highs in the upper 40s and lows in the upper 20s, compared to highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s typically.
“That’s if nothing else changes,” said Ray. “If the storm tracks take a more southeastern (direction), we could be on the cold end looking at a wintry mix and cold temperatures.”