National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


A weather disturbance aloft interacted with a cold front over southeast Kentucky to bring widespread snow to the area during the early morning hours of February 7th. A band of very heavy snowfall developed from Whitley and Bell Counties through Harlan and Letcher Counties. Within this band of snowfall, amounts ranged from 4 to 9 inches. The snow was very wet and heavy in nature, which led to several down branches and trees. This in turn, knocked out power for several thousand customers during the morning hours. Travel was also very difficult as snowfall rates exceeded 2 inches per hour at times, making it nearly impossible to keep the roads cleared off. Travel across the higher ridgetops above 2000 feet was especially treacherous as temperatures in these areas were much colder and saw the higher accumulations.