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REGIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY
444 PM EDT FRI OCT 31 2014

A FAST MOVING COLD FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE OHIO RIVER VALLEY REGION
WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SCATTERED RAIN SHOWERS MOVING EAST ACROSS
THE COALFIELDS THIS MORNING. TEMPERATURES AT 7 AM WERE SLIGHTLY
WARMER THAN YESTERDAY...WITH MOST LOCATIONS REPORTING LOWS RANGING
FROM THE MID 30S IN THE VALLEYS TO THE LOWER 40S ON THE RIDGES.
TYPICAL LOWS FOR THE LAST DAY OF OCTOBER ARE GENERALLY IN THE LOWER
TO MID 40S.

RAIN SHOWERS CONTINUED TO MOVE EAST ACROSS THE COALFIELDS DURING THE
AFTERNOON. RAINFALL TOTALS FROM THESE SHOWERS WERE GENERALLY
LIGHT...WITH MOST LOCATIONS RECEIVING LESS THAN A TENTH OF AN INCH.
HIGHS FOR THE DAY WERE GENERALLY IN THE LOWER TO MID 40S...WHICH IS
QUITE A BIT COOLER THAN THE NORMAL HIGH IN THE MID 60S FOR THE END OF
OCTOBER.

A POTENT BUT FAST MOVING UPPER LEVEL DISTURBANCE...ALONG WITH THE BLAST OF
COLD AIR...WILL KEEP RAIN SHOWERS IN THE FORECAST INTO THE OVERNIGHT.
TEMPERATURES WILL LIKELY DROP BELOW FREEZING TONIGHT IN MOST
LOCATIONS...ALLOWING RAIN TO EVENTUALLY CHANGE OVER TO SNOW. LIGHT
ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY ON ELEVATED SURFACES. THE
HIGHEST TERRAIN OF FAR SOUTHEAST KENTUCKY WILL LIKELY SEE MORE
MEASURABLE AMOUNTS...GENERALLY IN THE RANGE OF 1 TO 3 INCHES. SNOW
WILL EVENTUALLY CHANGE OVER TO RAIN AGAIN DURING THE DAY
SATURDAY...BEFORE TAPERING OFF FROM WEST TO EAST DURING THE DAYTIME
HOURS. EXPECT THIS COLDER AIR MASS TO REMAIN ACROSS THE REGION FOR
THE NEXT FEW DAYS. LOWS TONIGHT WILL BE IN THE THE LOWER 30S WITH
HIGHS ON SATURDAY RANGING IN THE UPPER 30S AND LOWER 40S.

ON THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY...IN 1846...87 PIONEERS WERE TRAPPED
BY EARLY SNOWS THAT PILED 5 FEET DEEP WITH 30 TO 40 FOOT DRIFTS IN
THE SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS. ONLY 47 OF THE INITIAL 87 PIONEERS
SURVIVED THE TREK THAT BECAME KNOWN AS THE DONNER PASS TRAGEDY.
MEANWHILE....CLOSER TO HOME...IN 1934...A DEADLY TORNADO MOVED
ACROSS PORTIONS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN KENTUCKY. THE TORNADO
FORMED OVER CASEY COUNTY NEAR GILPIN AROUND 5:30 PM...AND MOVED EAST
THROUGH LINCOLN...PULASKI...ROCKCASTLE...AND LAUREL COUNTIES. ONE
PERSON DIED IN THEIR HOME NEAR GILPIN. A MOTHER AND 4 CHILDREN WERE
KILLED IN A HOME 15 MILES NORTHWEST OF LONDON. THIRTY TWO PEOPLE
WERE INJURED IN THE TORNADO. THE TORNADO WAS RATED AN F2 ON THE
FUJITA SCALE. THE PATH WIDTH WAS 300 YARDS...WITH A PATH LENGTH OF
45 MILES. IT IS POSSIBLE THAT MORE THAN 1 TORNADO HAD MOVED ALONG
THIS PATH.

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TAB/JMW





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