Daily Archives: January 20, 2019

Time posted: 8:27 pm

Quick Evening Update

Good evening, folks. It’s a bitterly cold night taking shape across the state as a swath of light snow works across areas of the west. I wanted to drop by for a quick update on the very busy and frigid pattern ahead.

First things first, let’s track the light snow and flurries…

I have no changes on what happens later in the week. A cold front slowly works across the state late Tuesday into Wednesday with another massive temp drop. Rain will change to freezing rain, sleet and snow and all of this is likely to cause travel issues once again. That’s followed by an arctic front with snow Thursday night and Friday, then another digging arctic low over the weekend. That is likely to be another snow maker.

Watch all three of those showing up…

New GFS

GFS

This continues to be an absolutely frigid and wintry setup that is locking in for the long haul. The coldest air relative to normal for the next month is right on top of the region. Here’s the next 30 days from the European weeklies…

The seasonal CFS model is also locked into the cold.

The rest of January…

February

The first week of March

Enjoy the rest of the evening and take care.

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Time posted: 2:42 pm

Sunday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon, folks. It’s a frigid day in the bluegrass state as we watch another light snow maker moving into parts of the state. From there, the stage is set for a lot more wintry weather for the week ahead and beyond. Buckle up, snow lovers.

A clipper looking system is going to spread a swath of light snow across western Kentucky into this evening. This may put down up to 1″ of snow in a few spots. As that happens, the flow comes down the length of Lake Michigan for a time and it may bring a few more snow showers and flurries into central and eastern Kentucky….

Frigid temps and gusty winds combine to knock the wind chill number to below zero at times through early Monday. I will get your tracking toys in a bit.

Temps rebound on Tuesday as a modified arctic front moves in from the west. Heavy rain develops just ahead of this front and works from west to east Tuesday night and Wednesday. Temps will drop roughly 20 degrees within an hour or so of the front passing. That may set us up for another flash freeze. Widespread precipitation is occurring behind this front and that’s in the form of freezing rain/sleet to snow. The potential is there for another round of significant winter weather Wednesday into Thursday, especially if a wave of low pressure develops along that slow-moving front.

An arctic front then sweeps in here behind that on Friday, possibly bringing a swath of arctic snows across the state. Another system will then follow that up Saturday and Sunday and has the potential to dig even more and tap some Gulf moisture and throw it into the arctic air in place.

New version of the GFS

GFS

Here’s the Euro with the Wednesday/Thursday potential…

The Euro also sees the potential behind that. The Euro snow map for the next 7-10 days shows our region as one of the target areas for the best snow potential…

The same can be basically said for the rest of the models, too.

New GFS

GFS Ensembles over the next 2 weeks…

With all the arctic shots lined up, obviously temps are going to be way, way colder than normal… Bitterly cold on several occasions.

I will hook you up with another post later this evening. Until then, let’s track the light snow maker moving into parts of the state from the northwest…

Have a good one and take care.

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Time posted: 3:43 am

High Impact Winter Storm Moves Away

Good Sunday, everyone. Our winter storm is finally winding down after producing high water producing rain, heavy snow, blowing snow, freezing rain, sleet, whiteout conditions and a major temperature drop. That pretty much sums up our storm system. 🙂

Many roads are covered with snow and ice to start our Sunday and travel is not recommended. Blowing snow and small drifts are even an issue in several areas. The steady falling snow tapers off in eastern Kentucky this morning, but a few flurries or snow showers will be possible through the day.

There’s also another weak system diving in from the northwest later today. That may have a band of light snow with it as it approaches the western half of the state. Highs today are mid teens in the north and low 20s south. Wind chills are in the single digits or near zero all day. Actual lows tonight reach the single digits and may head close to zero in the north.

I will have your tracking tools in a bit.

Folks, I have not been shy about where I thought the second half of winter would take us. With our second winter storm in a week now behind us, we are off to a good start to this harsh pattern. Well, I think this is the tip of the iceberg, no pun intended.

Our next system arrives Tuesday as a modified arctic front approaches. Temps do spike ahead of this with some showers developing by Tuesday night. As the front slides through, a wave of low pressure develops along the front and throws another round of winter weather at us Wednesday and early Thursday. That will be followed by another snow maker with a true arctic front on Friday…

That is followed up by a system that can REALLY dig in here by Saturday and it has another system right on its heels…

Canadian

New GFS…

This pattern ain’t playing around! I will get more into all that later today. Until then, I have you all set to track the latest storm out of town…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Lexington

I-75 @ Newtown Pike
Lexington

I-75 MP 127
Georgetown

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

I-64 MP 97
Winchester
I-64 WB @ MP 97

Mountain Parkway @ MP 36
Near Pine Ridge

Mountain Parkway near Slade

Pine Mountain

Florence

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Covington

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Louisville

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E-town

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I-65 MP 36
Near Bowling Green
I-65 MP 36

I-65 @ 234
Near Bowling Green
I-65 @ 234

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

US 41A Gate 5 Fort Campbell Entrance
Fort Campbell
US 41A @ Gate 5

Paducah


I-24 @ US 60 MP 4


I-24 MP 7 @ US62

Have a good one and take care.

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