Daily Archives: February 8, 2017

Time posted: 7:14 pm

Wednesday Evening Update

Good evening, everyone. Thunderstorms are packing a “hail” of a punch as they press across eastern parts of the state. Our focus is now shifting to a transition to a period of wet snow as colder air dives in from the northwest.

The snow will be fighting a wet and warm ground, but may fall hard enough to put down some light accumulations for a time. That’s especially the case on grassy and elevated surfaces. With temps tonight dropping into the 20s, slick spots may develop on bridges and overpasses later tonight and early Thursday.

I have you set to track this hit and run blast of winter…

I-71/I-75 at Mt. Zion Rd.
Near Covington
I-71/I-75 @ Mt. Zion Rd

I-71/I-75 at I-275
Near Covington
I-71/I-75 @ I-275

I-275 at Mineola Pike
Near Covington
I-275 @ Mineola Pike

I-275 approaching KY 20/Airport
Near Covington
I-275 East of KY 20/Airport Exit

I-71/I-75 at Buttermilk Pike
Near Covington
I-71/I-75 @ Buttermilk Pike

I-71/I-75 at 12th St.
Covington
I-71/I-75 @ 12th St. in Covington

I-71/I-75 Lower Deck (NB) of Brent Spence Bridge
Covington
I-71/I-75 Lower Deck (NB) of Brent Spence Bridge

I-471 at Grand Ave.
Near Covington
I-471 @ Grand Ave.

I-471 South of US 27
Near Covington
I-471 South of US 27

I-275 on US 27 Bridge
Near Covington
I-275 on US 27 Bridge

Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway
Louisville
Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway

I-64 @ I-264
Louisville
I-64 @ I-264

I-264 @ Freedom Way
Near Louisville International Airport
I-264 @ Freedom Way

US 60 @ US 460
Frankfort
US60 @ US460

US 60 @ US 127
Frankfort
US60 @ US127

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Lexington

Fifth Third Pavilion Live Cam
Downtown Lexington

I-75 @ Winchester Road
Lexington
I-75 @ Winchester Road

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

Enjoy the evening and take care.

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Time posted: 12:29 pm

Wednesday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon, everyone. Spring and winter are colliding today as we track the potential for a few strong storms and a period of light snow that follows. That pretty much sums up Kentucky weather… Don’t ya think?

A system working across the area today has very mild air ahead of it and very cold air behind it. Initially, that means showers and thunderstorms breaking out ahead of it. Some of these storms can be strong or locally severe across the southeast. The SPC has a Marginal to Slight risk out for these areas…

Much colder air then sweeps in this evening as temps crash from northwest to southeast. As the low strengthens into a monster to our east, it will have a period of wraparound light snows then snow showers…

GFS

As temps drop into the 20s, some slick spots can develop on area roads by Thursday morning. Can we get some accumulations from this? There’s a chance to get a covering, especially on grassy and elevated surfaces.

The same cannot be said for areas to our northeast. How about a road trip to the northeast?

GFS Snow 2

Just a few days ago, folks up there were complaining about how they hadn’t had much snow and there was no snow in sight. With an active pattern, these types of systems can blow up with just a few days notice. Let’s keep that in mind over the next few weeks.

I leave you with your tracking toys for the day. Don’t forget to take the interactive radar for a ride. It has live storm chaser cams for your viewing pleasure…

Current Watches
Current Watches

Possible Watch Areas
Current MDs

Enjoy the day and take care.

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Time posted: 1:44 am

A Brief Blast Of Winter

Good Wednesday, everyone. Today is a crazy weather day across the state. Things start with spring and end with Old Man Winter blasting back into the region. This taste of winter won’t last very long as spring takes control again by the weekend.

Today will feature a mix of sun and clouds and a big temperature gradient to start. The southeast will likely hit the low 60s while the north drops through the 40s. Showers and a rumble of thunder may develop in the afternoon as a wave of low pressure zips across the region.

Much colder air dives in behind this low as it strengthens to our east. That should provide us with a period of light snow settling in from northwest to southeast, with snow showers to follow into Thursday…

GFS

This can lay down some light accumulations as temps drop into the low and middle 20s by Thursday morning. Slick spots may develop on area roads.

This is a big winter storm for the northern Mid Atlantic states into New England. Here’s the GFS snow map…

GFS snow 2

The Canadian snow map is a little more aggressive with accumulations in northern Kentucky…

Canadian

Highs on Thursday continue to come in colder as we get closer. Several areas may not get out of the upper 20s…

GFS TEMPS 1

Lows by Friday morning can drop deep into the teens, but milder winds will quickly kick in during the afternoon. It could be one of those rare teens for lows and 50s for highs kind of day.

Highs this weekend will be back in the 60s with the threat for a scattered storm on Saturday, and a much better risk for storms on Sunday. That’s when a cold front drops in from the northwest…

GFS 3

Chillier air follows that for early next week, as we watch to see what happens when a system ejects out of the southern plains. How much phasing do we get with the northern branch? Where exactly does that phasing happen? Those two questions will determine just what kind of a storm we get.

It’s way to far out for any model to figure that out, but they keep showing some kind of storm potential…

GFS GIf

I will have updates later today, so check back. Have a great day and take care.

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