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Freeze Watch
Statement as of 5:33 AM EDT on October 31, 2014

...Freeze watch remains in effect from late tonight through Saturday morning... ...Freeze watch remains in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday morning...

A freeze watch remains in effect from late tonight through Saturday morning. A freeze watch remains in effect from Saturday evening through Sunday morning.

* Temperatures...falling to around the freezing mark in most locations late tonight...with mid to upper 20s expected for elevations at or above 2500 feet. Widespread sub-freezing temperatures are expected on Saturday night...with lows bottoming out in the mid to upper 20s.

* Timing...temperatures will drop to around the freezing mark near dawn Saturday morning. Temperatures will fall below freezing after midnight on Saturday night and remain below freezing until mid morning Sunday morning.

* Impacts...some sensitive plants may get damaged or killed late tonight into early Saturday morning...especially for elevations at or above 2500 feet. Most crops and other sensitive vegetation will likely get killed across all of eastern Kentucky late Saturday night into Sunday morning...effectively ending the growing season.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible. These conditions could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

Special Statement
Statement as of 4:53 AM EDT on October 31, 2014

...First snow of the season expected for much of the area tonight into Saturday...

A developing area of low pressure will send a strong cold front south across eastern Kentucky late today into tonight. This low pressure system and associated cold front will produce periods of precipitation from today through Saturday. Temperatures are expected to drop sharply this evening into the overnight hours. These falling temperatures...will allow rain to mix with and gradually change to snow...starting in the highest elevations along the Virginia border early Friday evening. Snow levels will lower through the night with valley locations mixing with and changing to snow between midnight tonight and dawn Saturday morning. The snow will gradually wind down through early Saturday afternoon.

Most of the snow accumulations will reside on grassy and elevated surfaces due to warm ground temperatures. Little if any snow accumulation is expected across the Bluegrass region or in valley locations...however up to an inch of snow accumulation may occur on ridgetops.

In addition...near freezing temperatures are expected tonight...with sub-freezing temperatures expected Saturday and Sunday nights. A hard freeze may occur in the I-75 corridor Saturday night...with a hard freeze and frost expected area-wide Sunday night. Those with sensitive plants will need to take action to protect them through the weekend.


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