2:39pm

Mon October 29, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Hurricane Sandy Brings Snow to Kentucky

The National Weather Service has downgraded the winter storm watch for southeast Kentucky to a winter weather advisory for snow - which runs from 10 p.m. today through noon Tuesday.The weather service's Jackson office said rain will mix with and change to snow tonight and then change back to rain by noon Tuesday. Snow accumulations of up to 2 inches are expected in low-lying areas and 2-4 inches in elevations above 2,000 feet.

Strong gusty winds will accompany the snow fall with gusts as high as 45 mph across the highest terrain tonight and Tuesday, NWS said. That could lead to blizzard-like conditions at times. The winds and heavy snow could cause trees to fall and that could result in power outages.

Travel difficulties may develop in some areas of southeast Kentucky, the weather service said.

Meanwhile, the weather service office in Louisville has issued a wind advisory for central Kentucky from Louisville to the Tennessee line beginning at 4 p.m. EDT today and continuing through 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday. Sustained winds of 20-30 mph are expected with 40 mph gusts or higher from this afternoon through Tuesday.

High profile vehicles may encounter difficult travel conditions because of the wind, the weather service said.