Snowfall expected Sunday night and Monday morning

Louisville Courier Journal

Published 1:20 PM EST Dec 1, 2019

When Santa came to Kentucky Friday night for Light up Louisville, he casually predicted the city might get some magic white stuff soon.  

It looks like Father Christmas was right.

Brian Schoettmer, a meteorologist with the Louisville National Weather Service, is predicting snow for Sunday night into Monday morning, though he doesn't expect more than a half inch accumulation. 

Snow will start mingling in with rain Sunday evening, said Schoettmer, between 7 p.m. and midnight. Then, pure snow will fall during the night.

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The Sunday night low is 34 degrees and the chance of showers has risen to 60%. It'll be cloudy with winds between 14 and 28 mph. 

"The one kind of complicating factor with all of this is surface temperatures are gonna stay just above freezing," Schoettmer said. "Through the overnight and into tomorrow, anything that falls is gonna have trouble sticking to roadways and such."

What that means is roads will stay wet and accumulation will only happen "on grassy, elevated surfaces and maybe on roads where you briefly get heavier snowfall rates. But overall, it’s gonna be half an inch or less," he said. 

Schoettmer said it's impossible to predict exactly where the roads will be slippery, but said Monday morning commuters should be aware of the possibility and use caution.  

"Folks, for the morning commute tomorrow, just make sure you’re paying attention to the possibility of some lingering snow showers and maybe a few slick spots out there," he said. 

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AAA recommends these safety tips for winter driving: 

  • Keep cold-weather gear and emergency supplies in your car. 
  • Make sure your tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread.
  • Keep at least half a tank of fuel in your vehicle at all times.
  • Never warm up a vehicle in an enclosed area, such as a garage.
  • Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, such as on ice and snow.
  • Drive slowly and adjust your speed down to account for lower traction when driving on snow or ice.
  • Increase your following distance to five to six seconds. 
  • Accelerate and decelerate slowly, applying the gas slowly to regain traction and avoid skids. 
  • Don't power up hills and don't stop going up a hill. 

As for the rest of the week, Louisville is looking at a range of temperatures from 29 to 51 degrees with Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday being sunny. 

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