Cold temperatures ahead of Sunday snow

Expect a dry and cool Saturday

Expect partly cloudy skies today with isolated flurries.  Temperatures will remain in the 20s, before dropping into the teens overnight tonight.  Saturday looks dry as well.  Temperatures will stay cool, but climb back into the 30s in the afternoon with partly to mostly sunny skies.  Enjoy the quiet weather, as we're tracking a significant winter storm that will impact the Tri-State Super Bowl Sunday.


Right now, there is surprisingly good agreement between a couple of reliable computer models showing accumulating snow for Sunday. Computer models are bringing in an area of low pressure through the Tri-State beginning Sunday morning, and leaving Sunday night into early Monday morning.  This will bring a chance for accumulating snow, but also a rain snow mix to portions of the Tri-State.

First, the track of the low appears to have shifting a little more to the north. This would lower snowfall amounts in Northern Kentucky but still result in that 3-5 inches of snow to the north, if not a bit more.  In Northern Kentucky, it looks like rain will mix in Sunday afternoon, and that will keep totals quite a bit lower.

Chief Meteorologist Steve Raleigh will crunch the numbers in the afternoon data to give you the latest totals.  These could change, but the best chance for higher snow totals will be north of the Ohio River. 

Potential Timing:

SATURDAY NIGHT -- The snow would start about just ahead of midnight Saturday and continue through Sunday morning. By 7-8 a.m. we could already be looking at a dusting to 1" of snow on the ground. 

SUNDAY MORNING/EARLY AFTERNOON -- This is the period in question today regarding a switch over to rain to the south. But it does look like snow will still be falling north of the Ohio River throughout the day.  By noon, we could have 2 inches of snow on the ground. By 5 p.m. 2-4 inches of snow will be on the ground, especially in Ohio and Indiana.  In Northern Kentucky, we will likely see lower amounts, but snow will return as colder air moves in after sunset.

SUNDAY EVENING -- This is when our heaviest precipitation should fall with this system. North of the Ohio River, we'll go from 2-3 inches of snow on the ground to 3-5 inches pretty quickly. The majority of our snow will be on the ground by the time the Super Bowl ends.  In Northern Kentucky, we could see 1-3" of snow, with the higher end of the totals being near Covington & Newport.

MONDAY MORNING -- Light snow continues Sunday night into Monday morning. While the heaviest accumulations will be done, it doesn't snow will be over. An additional inch or so of snow could fall into Monday morning. This is definitely the time that snow will return to Northern Kentucky.  Storm totals look to fall into the 3-5" range north of the Ohio River, and 1-3" range south. 

This forecast is subject to changes as we continue to get better data into the 9 First Warning weather center closer to the storm.  If the rain/snow line moves farther north, there's the chance snow totals will be much lower.  If it moves farther south, the totals could be higher.

Early snow total estimates, these may change over the next day or two



This is now the time to make preparations for coverage for Good Morning Tri-State on Sunday morning & the 6 & 11 p.m. snow Sunday night. Then on Monday morning, Good Morning Tri-State will have your likely closings and/or delays. Additionally, people will be going here and there to Super Bowl parties and will be traveling during the time when the snow is most likely to be falling. Or, people traveling home will be traveling when most of the snow will be on the ground. The big advice here, plan ahead!


Cloudy with morning flurries
Gradual clearing by the afternoon 
Afternoon High: 28


Partly cloudy
Much colder
Low: 16


Partly cloudy
More Mild
High: 37


Snow arrives
1" of snow possible by 8 a.m.
Low: 28


Snow likely
Potentially periods of rain to the south
High: 33



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