NWS Says Incoming Winter Weather is Difficult To Predict

Feb 3, 2014

Credit NWS Paducah

National Weather Service forecasters say their confidence in the approaching winter weather system isn't as high as they'd like regarding what type of precipitation is ahead tomorrow. 

Meteorologist Chris Noles says it has potential to be a high impact event with upwards of an inch of rain and that could change to freezing rain or sleet. 

"I have to admit that I am concerned about the amount of precipitation once again that is being forecast," said Noles. "It seems like the models ramp up right before the event and we could end up getting more than we had originally expected so that is somewhat concerning."

Noles says the precipitation could fall for up to 12 hours beginning tomorrow mid-morning. 

He says there is a potential of some accumulating ice in some areas possibly up to half an inch, but  if the precipitation is largely rain then flooding may be a concern. 

As the system approaches tonight the NWS will provide updates and attempt to hone the type and amount of precipitation expected in the region.