Monthly Archives: December 2017

Time posted: 9:39 pm

Late Friday Evening Update

Good evening, gang. Our first round of light snow covered roads across northern and northeastern parts of the state. Some additional rounds of light snow and flurries develop tonight and Saturday, and may impact areas a little farther south.

You can see all this on the future radar from the NAM…

This will also be followed by another streak of light snow and flurries on Sunday. Some very light accumulations are possible from these small streaks.

Bitterly cold air will continue to press in here late Saturday into the last day of the year. Temps by New Year’s Morning will reach the single digits, with a zero or two showing up.

Monday night is likely to be the coldest, with the potential for widespread zero or below numbers. The GFS is slowly catching on to how cold it can get…

Speaking of the cold, it just won’t stop coming at us…

Let’s not forget about the obligatory winter storm showing up on the European by next weekend…

I’m sure it will work out exactly like that. 😉

Here are your Friday evening tracking tools…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio

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

I’ll see you back here tonight for a full update. Enjoy the evening and take care.


Time posted: 12:53 pm

Friday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon, everyone. Light snow is moving into northern parts of Kentucky this afternoon and will cause some travel issues through tonight. My thoughts on this haven’t changed since the last update, but I wanted to freshen things up a bit and get your tracking toys.

The first wave of light snow moves across the north later today into tonight, with another band of light snow setting up farther south on Saturday.

The Canadian snowfall map…

The GFS is still the farthest north and has the sharpest cutoff to the snow line…

Other models no longer show such a dramatic cutoff line, with some lighter stuff farther south.

I will just go ahead and leave this running, even though the southern edges are tricky…

There’s also likely to be a streak of light snow and Flurries on Sunday, as bitterly cold air returns.

Here are your tracking toys for the day…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio

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

US 60 @ US 127
US60 @ US127

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

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

I will update things later today. Make it a good one and take care.


Time posted: 2:13 am

Light Snow For Some To Start The Weekend

Good Friday, folks. We have made it to the last weekend of the year and we are tracking some light snow to end it and bitterly cold air to end it. The bitterly cold air is settling in for the long haul, with the first week of 2018 looking absolutely frigid.

A band of light snow moves in from northwest to southeast this afternoon and evening. That will mainly impact northern and northeastern Kentucky with a few rounds carrying us into Saturday. There’s a VERY fine line between snow and no snow, so it’s a tough call on where the southern edge of the accumulating stuff sets up, but here’s the current thinking…

Again, the weather does not follow lines, so there’s some wiggle room there. The southern edge of the 1″-2″ can easily oscillate a little north or south.

The Canadian continues to be the model of choice, but it’s a littler farther south than I am…

Bitterly cold air crashes in behind this with readings dropping through the teens on Saturday evening. Single digit lows show up for the final morning of the year, with wind chills dipping below zero.

New Year’s Eve can feature a few flurries flying with a very cold wind blowing. Temps will be from 10-15 in many areas as the clock strikes 2018. Readings by Monday morning should range fro 0 to 5 above with Tuesday morning looking the coldest. -5 to +5 numbers should show up with a wind chill much colder.

Deepening troughs continue to drop into the eastern half of the country through the first week of the new year…

That is absolutely a bitterly cold pattern for much of the country. It’s a continuation of the pattern we are in, but on a colder level. Can we get these troughs to produce snow across Kentucky? You have to like the chances, even if the snows have hit all around us early this winter.

I will have updates later today. Have a great Friday and take care.


Time posted: 7:28 pm

Thursday Evening Update

Good evening, folks. All eyes continue to be on the New Year’s weekend and the potential for snow to impact parts of our region. This comes as another bitterly cold air mass moves back in here

The snow late Friday into Saturday continues to target northern and northeastern parts of the state. It’s a fine line we are walking across just to the south. Here’s the First Call For Snowfall…

Any kind of south trend of just a few miles would greatly change that map. I continue to like what the Canadian Model is cooking with this system. Here’s the short range version of that model…

Notice how the GFS has a MUCH sharper cutoff on the southern edge of the show…

Bitterly cold temps come in behind that system, giving us temps that can make a run at zero by the first two days of the new year. Wind chills go well below zero at times.

The setup coming in after that continues to look absolutely amazing on the European Model. Look at the polar vortex diving in here…

The surface map on that shows a monster east coast winter storm, but each run is coming farther west with it…

Another system dives in here right behind it with a more potent trough diving southward a few days later…

That too is a heck of a look at the end of the European Model run…

I will update things again tonight, so check back. Have a great evening and take care.


Time posted: 12:27 pm

Thursday Afternoon Thoughts

Good afternoon, gang. 2017 is closing up shop on a frigid note, with even colder air ready to pounce as we kick off 2018. Can we get some snow as our temps go from frigid to bitter? The answer is yes… for some.

Before we get to that, it was another morning of single digit lows with a bare ground…

That, my friends, is tough to do and shows just how cold the air mass really is. Temps this afternoon are already running well below the model forecasts, with some areas struggling to get out of the teens again.

A light snow maker works from northwest to southeast late Friday into Saturday. I continue to like the way the Canadian is handling this…

That matches up well with the “odds” map I put our last night…

Bitterly cold air follows that with crashing temps late Saturday, with single digits showing back up on the final morning of the year. A few flurries are possible for New Year’s Eve with temps in the upper single digits to low teens as 2018 arrives.

Bitter cold air then settles in for Monday and Tuesday, with the potential for zero or a little below showing up. The Canadian continues to look way too extreme, but is fun to look at…

Other models are now joining in with the European and the major trough for the middle of the week…

You’re going to see the Polar Vortex impacting our weather, with the threat for a major eastern US storm system.

I will have a weekend “First Call For Snowfall” on WKYT-TV starting at 4pm. I will also have another update this evening.

Have a great day and take care.