Daily Archives: January 3, 2018

Time posted: 7:32 pm

Wednesday Evening Update

Good evening, folks. Our arctic front is crossing the state, bringing bitterly cold temps and snow showers back into the bluegrass state. This sets the stage for brutal numbers through the start of the weekend, with a messy system possibly lurking for Sunday and Monday.

Tonight’s snow showers can put down some light accumulations, with that action continuing into Thursday.

The temps and wind chills are the main players. Lows tonight drop back into the single digits with lows from -5 to +5 on the weather menu for Friday and Saturday mornings.

The wind chill forecast from the NAM is still brutal for the next three mornings…

Another little system could bring some light snow and flurries in here on Friday, especially across the west.

The Sunday and Monday system keeps trending colder on each mode, but each model differs on the evolution of the setup.

The European Model is an absolute mess of a storm…

 

Don’t get caught up in specifics on any one model, but let’s keep watching the trends over the next few days.

Speaking of watching, let’s track the snow showers moving in this evening…

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

Maysville

Enjoy the evening and take care.

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Time posted: 12:19 pm

Wednesday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon, folks. As a major winter storm blasts the southeast and turns into a blizzard by the time it reaches the northeast, we are watching an arctic front and snow showers moving into Kentucky. This front will reinforce our bitterly cold air, with a possible mess lurking by late in the weekend.

The short term models are beginning to pick up on the northwesterly flow snow showers from tonight through Thursday. Even though the models cannot fully capture the extent of the coverage, they have an idea…

NAM

Hi Res NAM

You will also notice the band of light snow streaking from the northwest by Thursday night and Friday. The models are finally seeing the little sneaky system. I’ve been showing you that on the upper level charts for several days now. That could very well bring a period of light snow and flurries across parts of the state to end the week on Friday.

For the short-term snow showers, I have no changes to my ideas…

A lot of the overnight and Thursday snow showers may not show up on radar, given the very low water content of the flakes. Here’s regional radar to track the action in from the northwest…

Bitterly cold temps crash back in for Thursday through Saturday. Lows will generally be from 0 to +10 on Thursday morning, then drop to -5 to +5 by Friday and Saturday. Wind chills during this time will be solidly below zero and into the danger category.

Our late weekend system is likely to create travel issues across the region. The GFS has come in on the colder side, taking the low just to our south. That brings a messy mix of precipitation…

Snow

Freezing rain

Let me once again talk about the frozen ground. It does not matter what type of precipitation us actually falling from the sky, you can get icy roads to develop because of the cold ground temp. The low-level cold air is going to be tough to move out to begin with, but even if temps do go above freezing, the ground won’t

I will have an update on WKYT starting at 4pm and back here on KWC later this evening. Make it a good one and take care.

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Time posted: 1:57 am

Snow Showers and Bitterly Cold Temps

Good Wednesday, everyone. Another arctic front is ready to blast the bluegrass state with a reinforcing shot of bitterly cold temps and some snow showers. This comes as part of an historic winter pattern across much of the country.

This is one of the more amazing winter patterns you are ever going to see across the lower 48 and it’s producing a major winter storm across the southeast. This storm will then turn into a blizzard across the northeast…

That is one amazing looking storm as it wraps up. You may see this thing take on an eye-looking feature on Thursday. Wow.

That storm obviously misses us, but our arctic front and ensuring strong northwest flow, will produce some snow showers. My thoughts on the potential have not changed…

Light accumulations are very possible from this evening into Thursday, especially across central and eastern Kentucky. With the bitterly cold temps, you won’t need very much moisture to produce snows… Similar to what happened on New Year’s Eve.

The front itself may have a line of snow showers or squalls along it as it approaches the state from the northwest…

Bitterly cold temps come in behind this front. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Temps by Thursday morning drop into the single digits, with wind chills going below zero.
  • Friday and Saturday mornings look brutal with lows from -5 to +5. Wind chills from -5 to -15 will be possible.
  • Highs will generally run in the teens through Saturday.

There’s one more chance for some flakes to fly, with a disturbance passing through on Friday.

I’m closely watching the late Sunday into Monday setup for the potential for a mixed bag of weather that can create icy conditions. Regardless of precipitation type, a frozen ground is going to come into play.

I’ve mentioned a colder solution showing up on the models, and the Canadian is trying to blow this up into more of a true winter event…

We shall see about that, but the frozen ground has me concerned. You will also notice the snow coming behind that system, as arctic air dives back in.

Another winter weather system comes in right behind that one.

I will have your usual round of updates coming later today, so check back. Have a wonderful Wednesday and take care.

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