12:47pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Environmental Watchdog

Winter Conditions Continue in Southeast Kentucky

The National Weather Service office in Jackson said a winter storm warning remains in effect for Harlan, Letcher and Pike counties until 8 a.m. Wednesday. Above 2,000 feet, snowfall will continue through much of the day today and through tonight. Below 2,000 feet elevation, rain will mix with and change to wet snow this morning changing back to rain this afternoon.

Above 2,000, feet total snow by late tonight could be 6 to 12 inches. Areas such as Black Mountain could see as much as 2 feet.

Below 2,000 feet, snowfall will be 1 to 3 inches.

Snowfall amounts will be highly dependent, the weather service said, on elevation.

Meanwhile, strong gusty winds will continue.

Meanwhile, a winter weather advisory remains in effect until noon today for Bell, Johnson, Floyd, Knott, Perry, Leslie and Martin counties, according to the National Weather Service.

A mixture of rain and snow fell during the night but is expected top change back to rain by noon today.

Total snowfall accumulations by this afternoon in the valleys will be up to 2 inches, the weather service office in Jackson said. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches is expected on the higher ridges.

Gusty winds with peaks as high as 45 mph may be possible across the highest terrain today leading to near blizzard conditions at times. High winds and the wet, heavy snow might cause some trees to collapse and result in power outages, NWS said. The worst conditions will occur in areas above 2,000 feet elevation.

Conditions mean travel will be hazardous at times.