Editor's note: A version of this post first appeared in January 2015.

Many people will see the snow currently blanketing much of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard as a nuisance coating sidewalks and roads. Others are celebrating it as an excuse to spend the day swooshing down a hill.

As for me, I like to think of snow as food.

As anyone who has lived anywhere chilly can attest, clearing snow off a car can be cold, time-consuming work.

Most of us would agree it's also a necessary step before driving anywhere.

An 80-year old Ontario man appeared to disagree. He was caught driving a car encased in snow, except for a small section on the driver's side window.

As you can see, the car itself is barely visible.

Rob Canning

It’s a record snow event, according to the National Weather Service in Paducah.

The 12.1 inches at the NWS office eclipses the previous March record of 9.0 inches set in 1960. This snowstorm was the third largest of all-time in our area over a two-day period.  

Significant Winter Weather System Hits the Region

Feb 15, 2015

  UPDATE 2/16 7:55 a.m.: The winter weather system hitting the region Monday will pack a larger punch than previously thought. The National Weather Service predicts up to 12 inches of snowfall across our listening area through Monday afternoon. A winter storm warning is in effect for the region until 6 p.m. CST Monday.

National Weather Service: Snow Likely Tonight

Feb 7, 2014

The National Weather Service says a disturbance in the upper levels of the atmosphere will move across the Mississippi Valley tonight, bringing a spread of snow across the Ohio River Valley. We will likely receive roughly 1 to 2 inches of snow this evening, which may make roads hazardous. Rick Shanklin of NWS in Paducah gives us an outlook on weekend weather.

UPDATE: 4:37 p.m.

National Weather Service meteorologists have expanded a winter weather warning to include Calloway and Trigg County as the freezing line moves south. Christian and Todd counties remain under advisory.

NWS meteorologist Chris Noles said one-third of an inch of ice has been reported as far south as Stewart County, Tenn. as freezing rain continues to fall on the region, prompting the warning.

Illinois' state climatologist says late-October rains helped restore soil moisture after three exceptionally dry months.

Climatologist Jim Angel says a near-normal 3 point 2 inches of precipitation fell in October, most of it in the last few days of the month.


Although western Kentucky has already seen its first snow storm of the season, experts say much more will have to fall to ease farmers’ pain from the past summer’s drought. The Dec. 26 snow storm dropped up to 7 inches of snow in Kentucky and up to a foot in some places in Illinois. But climatologists say it would take at least 8 feet of snow to return the soil to its pre-drought condition in time for spring planting. The average snowfall for Paducah is 10 inches, so the large amount of snowfall isn’t likely to happen.

Three counties in our region are under a winter weather advisory from noon today until 6 tomorrow morning. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say Union, Henderson and Daviess counties could face ice and up to 2 inches of snow followed by sleet and freezing rain. Sleet has been reported sleet on I-24 between Calvert City and Grand Rivers.