Monthly Archives: January 2018

Time posted: 12:21 pm

Wednesday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon, folks. Pockets of light snow and flurries continue to put down some light accumulations out there today, as the arctic air remains. If you’re looking for a thaw, it’s on the way as we slowly pull out of this historically cold pattern.

Todays light snow will continue to put down some light accumulations…

Many of those flakes are arctic in nature, with very little moisture content, so they won’t show up on radars.

Lows tonight are back into the single digits, but that may be the last we see of those for a while.

We start to moderate those temps over the few days, with some milder days actually settling in for Saturday and Sunday. That’ ahead of a strong cold front, producing gusty winds and a wall of rain crossing the state late Sunday and Monday…

There could be a touch of snow behind that as temps take a bit of a dip. Seasonally cold air does sweep in behind that system through next week, but the pattern is going to skew milder over the final few weeks of the month. Watch these big shots of milder temps try to fight off colder shots diving in from the north…

Obviously, that’s a VERY active setup, with storm systems crossing the country…

Is this the famed “January Thaw” setting up? That seems like a realistic possibility, but if it’s just a “thaw”, it means more winter will follow that. My winter forecast of a milder February isn’t too happy with the long term prospects I’m seeing. That said, it’s loving the front loaded winter we have had to this point. 🙂

I will throw you another update this evening. Make it a good one and take care.

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Time posted: 2:06 am

A Few More Flakes Today

Good Wednesday, everyone. This incredible stretch of bitterly cold temps is about to finally ease up as we head into the coming days. Temps will slowly start to moderate later this week into the coming weekend, but there are growing signs of a very active pattern taking shape.

Let’s start with today and roll forward.

Temps this morning range from a little below zero to a little above, depending on the clouds. The clouds did manage to move in overnight, actually raising our temps some, keeping things from getting totally out of hand. Wind chills will be much colder. Highs this afternoon are back in the teens for many area.

Areas of light snow and flurries will also be possible, with light accumulations trying to show up from time to time…

Thursday starts with ANOTHER day in the single digits, and ends with temps in the upper 20s to low 30s.

Friday looks good as we start to melt some snow with temps going well above freezing, under a sunny sky.

Saturday will feature temps making a run at 50 with a shower or two possible. The best chance for showers comes later Sunday as a cold front marches in from the west. Temps ahead of this have a chance to get deep into the 50s and challenge 60, then come crashing back down.

The models are suggesting the possibility of rain ending as snow later Monday…

Seasonally cold temps follow that up for much of next week, in a pattern that should be looking milder than it is. It’s also a pattern that may feature an active storm track working across the country…

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

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Time posted: 7:33 pm

Frozen Pipes ALERT

Good evening, everyone. Snow is finally tapering off across eastern and southeastern parts of the state, with the brutally cold temps now settling in. This will likely give us the coldest night of what has been a bitterly cold winter here in Kentucky.

Before we talk temps, let’s track the snow out of the bluegrass state…

Temperatures are already going below zero out there this evening, with the numbers overnight having the chance to get a little crazy on us. Lows can approach -10 if we keep the clear skies, with some pockets of even colder temps showing up.

The short range models are showing this well…

That is absolutely brutal, so please take all precautions. Wind chills will be even colder. This is dangerous stuff, folks.

A few flurries or snow showers will then develop on a northwesterly wind on Wednesday.

Temps slowly rebound later in the week. with an outside chance at 60 by Sunday. That’s ahead of a potent cold front, bringing rain our way…

Seasonally cold air comes in behind that early next week, with another system trying to swing in behind it…

The pattern should be trending milder over the next few weeks, but the European Model doesn’t really want a lot of that. It has an interesting look late next week…

When a winter gets going like this one, it can be hard to completely flip a switch to turn it off, even if the global signals are there.

Enjoy the evening and take care.

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Time posted: 11:20 am

Winter Storm Warning Central Kentucky

Good Tuesday, folks. The NWS upgraded areas of Central Kentucky to a Winter Storm Warning through this afternoon. A Winter Weather Advisory continues across the east…

We may see eastern Kentucky upgraded to a warning soon, as similar snows sweep through. This slow-moving band of snow is producing areas of 4″+ snows, with the bitterly cold temps really enhancing the ratios. A few pockets of 6″ will show up with such a slow-mover.

The bitterly cold temps are also a huge player. Many areas will struggle to get to 10 degrees this afternoon, with well below zero temps possible tonight. Wind chills are even colder and in the danger category.

Wednesday will find a few snow showers and flurries on the move with highs in the teens.

Here are your tracking tools for today’s snow in the central and east…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Lexington

Fifth Third Pavilion Live Cam
Downtown Lexington

I-75 @ Newtown Pike
Lexington

I-75 @ Clays Ferry Bridge South
Between Lexington and Richmond

US 60 @ US 127
Frankfort
US60 @ US127

US 60 @ Chenault Road
Near Millville
US60 @ Chenault Road

Winchester

Georgetown

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

Louisville
Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway

Bardstown

I-65 MP 92.4
Elizabethtown

Louie B Nunn MP 3
Near Glasgow
Louie B Nunn MP 3

Natcher Parkway MP 5
Near Bowling Green
Natcher Parkway @ MP 5

I-24 MP 7 @ US 62

Paducah

I-24 MP 7 @ US62

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

Stay safe out there and take care.

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Time posted: 1:59 am

Tracking Arctic Snows Across Kentucky

Good Tuesday, folks. It’s a harsh winter day across the bluegrass state with arctic snow and bitter cold sharing the stage. Travel conditions are terrible for much of our region, leading to all kinds of cancellations and delays.

Some quick thoughts…

  • The snow band continues to slowly work across the state, leaving behind several inches as it does so. Local 4″+ amounts will likely show up across central and eastern Kentucky through the day.
  • Winds will be gusty, creating some blowing and drifting of the snow.
  • Many roads will be snow-covered.
  • Temps spend much of today in the 10-15 degree range, with wind chills near zero or below.
  • Readings tonight and early Wednesday may drop below zero, with wind chills nearing -10
  • Snow showers and flurries will be around on Wednesday with highs back into the teens.

Here are your tracking tools for the day…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Lexington

Fifth Third Pavilion Live Cam
Downtown Lexington

I-75 @ Newtown Pike
Lexington

I-75 @ Clays Ferry Bridge South
Between Lexington and Richmond

US 60 @ US 127
Frankfort
US60 @ US127

US 60 @ Chenault Road
Near Millville
US60 @ Chenault Road

Winchester

Georgetown

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

Louisville
Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway

Bardstown

I-65 MP 92.4
Elizabethtown

Louie B Nunn MP 3
Near Glasgow
Louie B Nunn MP 3

Natcher Parkway MP 5
Near Bowling Green
Natcher Parkway @ MP 5

I-24 MP 7 @ US 62

Paducah

I-24 MP 7 @ US62

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

Have a good one and take care.

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