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REGIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON KY
259 PM EST THU JAN 29 2015

A LINE OF RAIN SHOWERS MOVED INTO THE COAL FIELDS THIS MORNING AND
EXITED THE COMMONWEALTH BY LATE MORNING. SOME OF EASTERN KENTUCKY
WAS STILL AT FREEZING OR COLDER WHEN THE RAIN ARRIVED. IN FACT...7 AM
TEMPERATURES VARIED FROM THE LOWER 30S IN THE SHELTERED VALLEYS TO
THE LOWER 40S ELSEWHERE. NORMAL LOWS ARE IN THE MIDDLE 20S. MANY ICY
SPOTS WERE NOTED ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST COAL FIELDS...ESPECIALLY
IN THE SHELTERED VALLEYS...AND ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES. NUMEROUS
WRECKS WERE REPORTED ACROSS PIKE...POWELL...WOLFE...MAGOFFIN...FLOYD
...JOHNSON...MORGAN...ELLIOT AND BREATHITT COUNTIES. A FEW ROADS
WERE CLOSED...AND EVEN PORTIONS OF THE MOUNTAIN PARKWAY WERE SHUT
DOWN DUE TO THE ICY CONDITIONS...AND/OR TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS FOR A TIME
THIS MORNING.

MILDER AIR EVENTUALLY ARRIVED BY LATE MORNING...THUS ENDING THE ICE
THREAT. BY NOONTIME...TEMPERATURES WERE MOSTLY IN THE 40S AND TO
AROUND 50 DEGREES. BUT BY MID AFTERNOON...UNDER PARTLY SUNNY SKIES...THE
MERCURY HAD WARMED INTO THE LOWER 50S TO CLOSE TO 60 DEGREES. TYPICAL
HIGHS FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR ARE IN THE MIDDLE 40S.

AS A COLD FRONT PASSES THROUGH THE REGION THIS EVENING...RAIN WILL
MIX WITH AND CHANGE TO SNOW WITH A LIGHT COATING OF SNOW POSSIBLE
TONIGHT. HIGH PRESSURE WILL BRING DRIER WEATHER FOR FRIDAY INTO
SATURDAY. ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO IMPACT THE AREA LATE
IN THE WEEKEND...AND COULD PRODUCE ACCUMULATING SNOW ACROSS MOST OF
EASTERN KENTUCKY. HOWEVER THERE REMAINS A LARGE AMOUNT OF
UNCERTAINTY WITH THE LATE WEEKEND STORM SYSTEM. STAY TUNED TO NOAA
WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL MEDIA...OR LOG IN TO
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/JKL FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS POSSIBLE WINTER
WEATHER SITUATION.

ON THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY...IN 1957...THE GREAT FLOOD...WHICH
AFFECTED PARTS OF SOUTHEASTERN KENTUCKY...NORTHEASTERN
TENNESSEE...AND WEST VIRGINIA WAS IN FULL SWING. PRESIDENT
EISENHOWER DECLARED 18 COUNTIES OF THE COMMONWEALTH DISASTER AREAS.
AT WHITESBURG...THE NORTH FORK OF THE KENTUCKY RIVER CRESTED AT 14.7
FEET. WHILE IN HAZARD...THE RIVER ROSE TO 37.54 FEET...OVER 17 FEET
ABOVE FLOOD STAGE. ALONG THE SOUTH FORK OF THE KENTUCKY
RIVER...ONEIDA SAW THE RIVER CREST AT 40.19 FEET...AND AT
BOONEVILLE...THE RIVER CRESTED AT 43.4 FEET. NINE PEOPLE DIED IN
KENTUCKY AS A RESULT OF THE FLOODING. THE TOTAL COST IN DAMAGES
THROUGHOUT KENTUCKY WAS OVER 50 MILLION DOLLARS. IN THE CURRENT
ECONOMY...IT IS ESTIMATED THAT THIS EVENT WOULD HAVE COST IN EXCESS
OF 400 MILLION DOLLARS.

&&

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE IN JACKSON KENTUCKY
PLANS TO DISCONTINUE THIS PRODUCT FEBRUARY 6TH 2015. IF YOU HAVE ANY
COMMENT ON THE DISCONTINUANCE OF THE REGIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY PLEASE
CONTACT METEOROLOGIST-IN-CHARGE SHAWN HARLEY AT SHAWN.HARLEY@NOAA.GOV
OR AT 606-666-2560 EXTENSION 642.

$$

CARICO



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