Time posted: 2:00 am

Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Good Wednesday, everyone. The “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” post has become one of the great traditions here on Kentucky Weather Center. On this busiest travel day of the year, it’s the perfect time to pay tribute to one of my all time favorite movies. It’s a classic movie, and if you haven’t seen it, we can no longer be friends. 🙂

Here’s a little clip to get ya started…

Moving on to the actual weather part of the post…

We have colder than normal air out there today with temps in the upper 30s and low 40s for many, with colder wind chills.

Thanksgiving continues to look dry with 20s to start and 40s to end. A few clouds will be noted.

Black Friday is windy with upper 20s in the morning, and highs hitting the 50-55 degree range.

Another cold front arrives on Saturday with very gusty winds and another push of colder air behind it for Sunday…

That shot get’s shoved out of here quickly as we gear up for ANOTHER wild temperature ride by the middle of next week. That comes with a big storm system likely to impact our region.

Looking farther down the road, the new long range European Ensembles are in and they match the analog years and my thoughts on a front-loaded winter. Check out the colder than normal look through the first few days of January…

Snowfall from that same model for the same time period…

It’s interesting to note some of the new runs of the CFS are doing a turnaround and look very similar to the European for the exact same time…

That same model run for the 5 day period around Christmas is cold…

I will hook you up with updates later today, so check back. Safe travels and take care.

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Time posted: 7:30 pm

Tuesday Evening Update

Good evening, gang. I’m dropping by for a quick update on the cold air surging into the region to begin the long holiday travel period.

Our cold air moves in later tonight and may have a band of light rain and light snow with it. This can impact far northern parts of the state…

Gusty winds make it feel pretty darn cold early Wednesday morning. Wind chills may be near the 20 degree mark…

Those wind chill numbers stay cold for Thanksgiving morning and Black Friday morning…

There’s some Brrrrrr showing up on those maps.

I’ll see you tonight for the world famous P,T and A post. Enjoy the evening and take care.

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Time posted: 12:26 pm

Quick Afternoon Update

Good afternoon, folks. It’s a windy, but gorgeous day in the bluegrass state as we await the arrival of a cold front later tonight. That front knocks our temps way down to begin the long holiday weekend, with additional fronts arriving in the next week or so.

Winds today are hitting 30mph or greater in several areas with highs in the 50s. The front moves in tonight and may spit out a rain or snow shower in the north…

Cold winds blow behind this front, with wind chills taking a dive by Wednesday morning. Teens may show up in some areas of central and western Kentucky…

The busy travel day looks dry, but much colder than normal. Highs will generally range from the upper 30s to low 40s…

My Thanksgiving thoughts remain the same with 20s to start and 40s to end. A few clouds will stream across our skyline, but things look pretty nice to go along with the seasonal chill.

Black Friday shoppers will face upper 20s in the morning and low 50s in the afternoon. Winds are going to gust up as some late day clouds increase. Those clouds are ahead of a cold front moving in on Saturday. That front may touch off a scattered shower, but winds will likely crank.

The shot of cold coming in behind this arrives Sunday…

Any flake potential with that depends on the exact wind flow from the northwest.

That cold shot gets pushed out quickly early next week because another cold front is ready to take its place by Wednesday…

This is a heck of a setup with cold fronts diving in every few days or so. As we inch toward December, climatology suggests clippers are going to influence our weather more and more. My analog years strongly support the clipper idea this winter. 🙂

I will try to update things this evening, but can’t make a promise today. Plus, I have to get to work on tonight’s highly anticipated annual post. “Those aren’t pillows!!!!” 🙂

Have a great one and take care.

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Time posted: 1:58 am

Colder Winds Ready To Blow

Good Tuesday, everyone. We are just about to kick off the super-duper long holiday weekend, and we are doing so tracking two cold fronts. As expected, these fronts are going to bookend the big weekend. Giddy up.

The first front arrives tonight, but gusty winds are cranking out ahead of it. Gusts today may reach 30mph at times in a few areas.

Clouds increase later in the day as temps hit the 50s. Those clouds are ahead of a cold front to sweep in here Tuesday night and may produce some rain or snow showers in the north. The GFS and European Models are carbon copies…

GFS

European

So, a little touch of rain and snow is possible tonight across the north. That’s something the models had several days ago, then lost, and are now finding just hours ahead of time. It’s what models do, folks.

Much colder air then sweeps in here for the busiest travel day of the year. The day starts in the 20s and ends with upper 30s and low 40s. Skies will stay dry across the entire region, so that’s perfect for travelers.

Thanksgiving Day will be a seasonally cold one with lows deep in the 20s, with afternoon temps hitting the 40s.  Wind chills to start the day may hit the upper teens in a few spots…

The turkey is dry this year. 😉

Black Friday shoppers will face upper 20s early in the morning, but low 50s show up in the afternoon. Again, things are dry.

The next front arrives on Saturday with very gusty winds and the chance for a shower or two. Much colder air then spills in behind this for Sunday and Monday…

The northwesterly wind flow may produce a few flurries across the central and east on Sunday.

As mentioned in prior posts, temps recover quickly behind this, but another deep trough swings in by the middle of next week…

This is a very amplified pattern that continues to take shape through the rest of November. That means a continuation of cold front pushing through here every few days.

Updates later today. Make it a good one and take care.

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Time posted: 7:34 pm

Monday Evening Update

Good evening, everyone. I wanted to drop by for a very quick update on the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend that’s just around the corner. The overall setup has not changed going forward, but the models are trending colder with the late weekend setup.

Before we get to those cold shots, give it up for the cold out there this morning. Lows hit the teens in some areas…

I won’t recap the first front coming Tuesday night, so lets skip ahead to the second one.

This moves in on Saturday with very gusty winds…

That front may also have a small line of showers with it. Northwesterly winds behind this on Sunday may give us a few flakes of snow.

The temps go way below normal…

Wind chills can really tank on occasion…

Enjoy the rest of your evening and take care.

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