Why predicted snowfall turned to rain in the Local 6 region


Reporter - Julie Collins

PADUCAH -- We received some unhappy feedback about last weekend's forecast, and a lot of you were left wondering what happened to all the predicted snowfall.

Meteorologists at the National Weather Service said that the weather is fluid and always changing. A change came very late, which caused several inches of snow to turn into rain.

Call it freezing, extreme, or even brutal. However you describe it, it is just plain cold. But we knew this was coming thanks to meteorologists at the National Weather Service. But many of you have asked about the snow we were supposed to get.

"It's not anyone's fault. Nobody forecasted this on purpose and then it didn't happen, nobody is more distraught that it didn't happen than us," Science and Operations Officer Pat Spoden said.

Spoden and his colleagues with more than 100 years of forecasting experience combined spent the day trying to figure out what actually happened.

"We're trying to figure out what exactly mother nature is going to do, sometimes you're right," Spoden said.

Sometimes you are wrong, or in this case, a little bit off. The predictions were 4 to 12 inches of snow all across the Local 6 region, but the surface low predicted for Nashville, Tennessee actually hit Benton, Kentucky.

"That held the cold air off, and the cold air won't move in until the lows move off, so the cold air didn't move in until 2:00 so we had 3 to 4 hours of rain which we expected to be snow," Spoden said.