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Weather experts see a mild winter for our region, but …




IT’S FALL AT FISHPOND — While daytime temperatures continue to be unseasonably warm in eastern Kentucky this fall, some cool nights and a heavy rain over the past weekend combined to cause trees to lose quite a few of their leaves. This photo was taken at Fishpond Lake at Payne Gap. (Photo by Thomas Biggs)

IT’S FALL AT FISHPOND — While daytime temperatures continue to be unseasonably warm in eastern Kentucky this fall, some cool nights and a heavy rain over the past weekend combined to cause trees to lose quite a few of their leaves. This photo was taken at Fishpond Lake at Payne Gap. (Photo by Thomas Biggs)

winter storms and arctic outbreaks are still possible. While the seasonal outlook does not project snowfall amounts, there is a weak signal for above average snowfall across eastern Kentucky during La Nina winters.

“This is the time of year when many folks start wondering about the winter ahead,” said Tony Edwards, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Jackson. “Even though the outlook is for a milder than normal winter, it’s still important to prepare. After all, last winter was a very mild winter overall, but it featured one of the heaviest snowstorms on record for eastern Kentucky.”

Important steps for preparing for winter weather include building an emergency kit and making a family communication plan. Travel in the mountains of eastern Kentucky can be paralyzed by just small amounts of ice and snow. Keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle in case you become stranded. If you are new to the area, learn about past winter storms and what you need to be prepared to face.

NOAA produces seasonal outlooks to help communities prepare for what’s likely to come in the next few months and minimize weather’s impacts on lives and livelihoods.


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