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FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY - Rain to snow with frigid temps tonight and Thursday

Wednesday during the day will just be rain, but once the cold front passes, temps will drop and bring winter weather!
Travel troubles are to be expected tonight into Thursday morning thanks to falling temperatures and wintry precipitation!
Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 6:55 AM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - The brief warm up we’ve experienced since Tuesday will end after Wednesday as a cold front that brings snow, bitter cold to south central Kentucky! Because of the impacts of the winter weather and cold conditions, we have issued a First Alert Weather Day for tonight through Thursday morning.

7:45 a.m. update: We've lowered snowfall accumulations some, but this will create travel...
7:45 a.m. update: We've lowered snowfall accumulations some, but this will create travel impacts nonetheless throughout south central Kentucky tonight through Thursday morning.(WBKO)

Rain showers begin to move into south central Kentucky early in the morning. If you’re not seeing rain, you’ll be under cloudy skies. Rain becomes more widespread throughout the day Wednesday with even some pockets of moderate rain possible. Temperatures will be steady during the day in the mid-to-upper 40s with southerly winds between 5-15 miles per hour.

This rain will be ahead of a cold front, which will arrive here shortly after sunset. The cold air behind the front will arrive then and it will get MUCH colder. Rain will begin to change over to rain/snow mix after 6 p.m. with the potential of a light glaze of ice from sleet/freezing rain briefly between 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. before the moisture transitions to all snow, which will occur anytime after 7 p.m. in western portions of the WBKO viewing area and moving eastward. The snow will taper off just after midnight, but impacts from the winter weather will be felt through Thursday.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, our forecast total snow accumulations are the following:

  • TRACE to 0.5″ of snow can be expected for Clay, Macon, Robertson and Sumner counties in Tennessee.
  • 0.5″ to 1.5″ of snow can be expected for southern Allen, Breckenridge, Christian, southern Clinton, southern Cumberland, northern Hardin, Hopkins, southern and western Logan, McLean, southern Monroe, western Muhlenberg, northern Ohio, southern Simpson and Todd counties.
  • 1″ to 2″ of snow with locally higher amounts possible can be expected for Adair, northern Allen, Barren, Butler, northern Clinton, northern Cumberland, Edmonson, Grayson, Green, southern Hardin, Larue, eastern Logan, Metcalfe, Monroe, eastern Muhlenberg, Russell, northern Simpson, Taylor, Warren counties in Kentucky.

Cold, dry conditions take over Thursday. Morning low temperatures will be in the upper teens and low 20s, and given the wet roads from Wednesday will freeze over plus with minor snow accumulations on top of that, expect travel hazards on untreated roads through the morning commute, which will result in delays. Wind chills (feels like temperatures) in the morning will only be in the single digits thanks to breezy northerly winds to start the day. Highs on Thursday will struggle to reach the freezing mark, and when you factor in lighter, but frigid northerly winds, wind chills will only be in the teens. Thursday night will be even colder with lows falling in the low-to-mid teens with wind chills again in the single digits. Friday will be a repeat of Thursday, though there will be more sunshine to aid in melting of some snow. However, highs will only reach near freezing, so with the melting, there will be some refreezing on roads, so still drive with caution on what may appear to be wet roads.

The weekend will be dry, but will also stay cold. Mornings will be in the teens and afternoons will be in the mid-to-upper 30s under a mix of sun and clouds. Next week will start off dry with partly cloudy skies and more seasonable air, but another cool down will move in and also bring light moisture to the region once again.

Bowling Green 3 day forecast:

WEDNESDAY: Mostly cloudy. Rain showers likely changing to rain/snow late. High 48. Low 20. Winds SW at 11 mph.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy. Cold. High 31. Low 15. Winds N at 11 mph.

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. Cold. High 32. Low 14. Winds NE at 10 mph.

Wednesday’s Climate Info for Bowling Green:

Normal High: 46

Normal Low: 28

Record High Today: 75 (1907)

Record Low Today: -11 (1994)

Sunrise: 6:56 a.m.

Sunset: 4:57 p.m.

Health & Allergies:

Air Quality: Good (Ozone Count: 10 / Small Particulate Matter: 28)

Mold Count: Low (967 - Mold Spore Count)

Tuesday’s Climate Info for Bowling Green:

Yesterday’s High:48

Yesterday’s Low: 20

Yesterday’s Precip: 0.00″

Monthly Precip: 4.87″ (+2.78″)

Yearly Precip: 4.87″ (+2.78″)

Yesterday’s Snowfall: 0.0″

Monthly Snowfall: 7.0″

Seasonal Snowfall: 7.0″

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