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Event Details

Event Winter Storm
State KENTUCKY
County/Area HARRISON
WFO LMK
Report Source Emergency Manager
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-01-27 01:00:00.0 EST-5
End Date 2009-01-28 13:00:00.0 EST-5
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/2 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A prolonged ice and snow storm began around just after midnight Tuesday January 27 and continued through 11 am Wednesday January 28. The mixed freezing rain and snow that fell over central Kentucky was just one aspect of a widespread overrunning event that brought destructive winter weather from Texas, through the Ohio Valley, into New England. Arctic air centered across the Upper Midwest supplied low level cold air. Several disturbances moved east across a nearly stationary front stalled across the Tennessee Valley.
Snow, mixing with sleet, brought accumulations of around 2 to 4 inches from areas just south of the Ohio River through Frankfort and the northern Bluegrass Region by dawn on January 27th. Farther south during this time, ice accumulations ranging from one half to just over one inch stretched from Ohio county eastward through the southern Bluegrass Region. Along the Tennessee border, ice on elevated surfaces averaged one quarter of an inch.
During the afternoon of the 27th and into the morning hours on the 28th, freezing rain developed along and north of interstate 64 and brought widespread ice accumulations averaging 1/2 inch. Rain fell over south central Kentucky. Icing lead to widespread tree damage and power outages by the morning of the 28th. Colder air arrived after dawn on the 28th. Freezing rain changed back to snow with additional accumulations of 1 to 3 inches along and north of Interstate 64.
This winter storm brought the most widespread damage due to icing in recent memory across Kentucky. Ice accumulated over 1 inch across central portions of the Commonwealth, including Grayson, Ohio, Butler and Breckinridge counties. Over 600,000 residences lost power, exceeding the number of outages due to the remnants of hurricane Ike last September. Utility companies stated that this event brought the greatest number of outages from any weather event in history.
The almost continuous rain or snow over a 36 hour period brought 3 to 4 inches of precipitation over a wide area and even lead to some minor flooding.
Event Narrative A sleet and snow mix brought 2 to 4 inches accumulation through mid morning Tuesday, January 27. Freezing rain developed later that afternoon and continued through dawn Wednesday. Ice accretion reached 3/4 of an inch. Snow, developing after dawn Wednesday, added another 1 to 2 inches. A couple died from carbon monoxide poisoning Thursday, January 29th. A portable generator used as to heat the powerless home is the suspect.


Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Injury 64 Male Permanent Home
Injury 62 Female Permanent Home


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 1 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRECKINRIDGE (ZONE) BRECKINRIDGE (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JEFFERSON (ZONE) JEFFERSON (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 1 0 0.00K 0.00K
HANCOCK (ZONE) HANCOCK (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MEADE (ZONE) MEADE (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BARREN (ZONE) BARREN (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OHIO (ZONE) OHIO (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARION (ZONE) MARION (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHELBY (ZONE) SHELBY (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EDMONSON (ZONE) EDMONSON (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BARREN (ZONE) BARREN (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BUTLER (ZONE) BUTLER (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BULLITT (ZONE) BULLITT (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SPENCER (ZONE) SPENCER (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NELSON (ZONE) NELSON (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HARDIN (ZONE) HARDIN (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SIMPSON (ZONE) SIMPSON (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRAYSON (ZONE) GRAYSON (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WARREN (ZONE) WARREN (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LOGAN (ZONE) LOGAN (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
OLDHAM (ZONE) OLDHAM (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LARUE (ZONE) LARUE (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 00:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TAYLOR (ZONE) TAYLOR (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TRIMBLE (ZONE) TRIMBLE (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WASHINGTON (ZONE) WASHINGTON (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WOODFORD (ZONE) WOODFORD (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HARRISON (ZONE) HARRISON (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HART (ZONE) HART (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HENRY (ZONE) HENRY (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
METCALFE (ZONE) METCALFE (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MERCER (ZONE) MERCER (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BOYLE (ZONE) BOYLE (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREEN (ZONE) GREEN (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JESSAMINE (ZONE) JESSAMINE (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LINCOLN (ZONE) LINCOLN (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MADISON (ZONE) MADISON (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ADAIR (ZONE) ADAIR (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARRARD (ZONE) GARRARD (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FAYETTE (ZONE) FAYETTE (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ANDERSON (ZONE) ANDERSON (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SCOTT (ZONE) SCOTT (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RUSSELL (ZONE) RUSSELL (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CASEY (ZONE) CASEY (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLARK (ZONE) CLARK (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NICHOLAS (ZONE) NICHOLAS (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 01:30 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BOURBON (ZONE) BOURBON (ZONE) KY 01/27/2009 02:00 EST-5 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 1 0 0.00K 0.00K