Daily Archives: December 30, 2017

Time posted: 8:40 pm

A Frigid Saturday Night Update

Good evening, everyone. Today’s light snow system caused all kinds of travel issues across northeastern parts of the state, yet we couldn’t get the National Weather Service in Charleston, WV refused to issue any kind of advisory. A few slick roads were also noted into central Kentucky. These flakes were on the leading edge of a brutally cold air mass moving in.

Temps are already dropping into the single digits in the north with a wind chill that may reach -10. The rest of the region will see temps dropping into the single digits, with wind chills going below zero. Those numbers will get even colder and I will rant on that in a moment.

Another light snow maker is on the way for the final day of the year. We will get a streak of light snow across the northern half of the state, and it may cause similar issues as today. Local accumulations of a half to 1″ are possible, leading to the potential of snow covered roads.

After that, northwesterly winds try to produce some snow showers and flurries across central and eastern Kentucky for New Year’s Eve. You can see all this on the simulated radar from the NAM…

This is a brutally cold air mass moving in for New Year’s Eve through the entire first week of January. Anyone trying to downplay this, should just stop and find another profession. Wind Chill Advisories are out for central and western Kentucky and much of the surrounding region from New Year’s Eve through Tuesday. Wind chills of -5 to -15 will be likely at times.

That does not include northern Kentucky or the Cincinnati metro, even though they are surrounded by A Wind Chill Advisory…

This is now the 3rd wintertime event where the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio has left a hole on top of this same region. I used to sing the praises of this particular office years ago, but it’s painfully obvious they have undergone some not so good changes. How on earth are they consistently overlooking one the major metro areas in the entire country?

Folks in the northern Kentucky and the Cincy area should hold them accountable.

Rant over. 🙂

I’m still curios to see what happens along the east coast by the middle and end of the week. That’s when we see a very sharp trough dig into the eastern half of the country, likely spinning up an east coast storm. While what should be well to our east, don’t sleep on a northwesterly flow producing snow showers behind it, or another system diving in from the northwest.

Bitterly cold temps will continue with lows reaching zero or a little below… Again.

A system will impact our weather next weekend as the extreme cold tries to relax for a bit, but watch how the GFS Ensembles keep trending colder for the second week of the year…

I will have another update later tonight, so check back. Enjoy the rest of your frigid evening and take care.

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Time posted: 12:19 pm

Saturday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon, gang. Bands of light snow are putting down enough accumulations to cover roads in some areas, leading to slick travel conditions. Behind this, we get another light snow system on Sunday, with brutally cold temps to follow.

The light snow is overachieving in some areas, with the potential for a local half to one inch showing up. With a frozen ground, snow has NO problem coating or covering roads. Throw some friction from traffic into the mix, and you’re going to get some roads to become skating rinks. This might be a good time for a short-fused Winter Weather Advisory for a few areas.

I will have your tracking tools in a bit.

The bitter cold comes crashing in behind this later today, with temps dropping through the teens from north to south. Wind chills will reach -5 at times by late evening. Those wind wills should be in the zero to -10 range Sunday morning with actual temps in the single digits.

Another snow streak comes through the northern half of the state on Sunday, leading to the potential for something similar to today.

Temps are going to be brutal from this point. Highs are generally in the teens from Sunday-Tuesday, with a few areas barely into the teens. Overnight lows go like this:

  • Monday morning will see temps from 0 to -5 in the north and 0 to 5 above for much of the rest of the state. Wind chills will be solidly below zero.
  • Tuesday will be the coldest with the potential for readings in the far north to get as low as -10. The rest of the state should go from -5 to +5. Wind chills range from -5 to -15 at times.
  • This is dangerous stuff and you should take all weatherproofing precautions now.

Wednesday finds another arctic front diving in here and that could produce some light snow, with the chance for some northwesterly flow snow showers into Thursday. This will unleash ANOTHER brutally cold shot that could rival the early week numbers.

Let’s get back to today’s light snow and track it all…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Lexington

Fifth Third Pavilion Live Cam
Downtown Lexington

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

US 60 @ US 127
Frankfort
US60 @ US127

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

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

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

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Time posted: 2:05 am

Bitterly Cold Temps Return

Good Saturday, everyone. We continue to track a few bands of light snow and flurries out there today, but the star of our weather movie continues to be the bitter cold. Our temps may hit zero or below in the comin days, just as we kick off the brand new year.

In the near-term, a few pockets of light snow and flurries are working across the area. This isn’t terribly widespread, but the flakes are falling onto a frozen ground, meaning some coatings or light accumulations may occur. Track away…

The temp tumble begins this evening with readings dropping through the teens, with wind chills going below zero by late evening…

Those continue into the final morning of 2017, with actual lows in the single digits. The day will also feature a small band of light snow and flurries zipping through some areas. Highs may not get out of the teens for many areas, with wind chills near zero all day.

That sets the stage for a bitterly cold start to the New Year. Temps will be in the single digits to start, with teens for highs. Winds making it feel much colder.

Monday night into Tuesday morning will find temps dropping into the danger zone. Readings from 0 to 5 above will be noted in the south, with the northern parts of the state in the 0 to -7 range. Wind chill readings of -5 to -15 will be noted. This is brutal stuff.

The entire first full week of 2018 is crazy cold, with the GFS Ensembles keeping the cold going into week two…

For perspective on just how strong and prolonged this patter is, here’s the low temp forecast from the European model for NEXT Saturday…

In terms of any snow chances for the week ahead, we will have to watch for hard to time, and hard to find, disturbances diving in from the northwest. I suspect a system or two similar to the one that just grazed us, will try to show up. With even colder air in place, the setup should send those farther south.

I will have updates later today. Have a good one and take care.

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