Daily Archives: January 24, 2019

Time posted: 7:35 pm

Arctic Front Closing In

Good evening, folks. We have an arctic front sliding into the state, bringing a band of light snow and flurries, followed by bitterly cold wind chills. This takes us into a weekend that will feature a couple different snow makers. Oh… Then the Polar Vortex enters the picture next week.

The arctic front will have a band of light snow and flurries with it. This may cause additional slick spots to develop on some roads overnight…

Winds are cranking behind this as temps tumble. Wind chill numbers by Friday morning range from -5 to +5 in much of the region.

From there, additional light snow makers drop into the state from Friday night through Sunday.

Here’s the Hi Res NAM showing the action just through early Saturday night…

The NAM takes it all the way through the weekend…

We are likely to put snow on the ground this weekend, perhaps on more than one occasion. The Sunday one has some legs for a little more snow than the Saturday one.

The Polar Vortex is coming… The Polar Vortex is coming…

That’s going to put the country and our region into the deep freeze next week. It should also be ushered in by a snow maker Monday night and Tuesday…

Enjoy the evening and take care.


Time posted: 12:27 pm

More Flakes To Fly

Good afternoon, folks. It’s a blustery and  cold day following last night’s snow across central and eastern Kentucky. This cold air grows even colder tonight as an arctic front moves through with more flakes for many of us. These systems keep coming at us through the weekend and into next week, when the Polar Vortex pays a visit to the states.

Snow showers continue to fly across the southeast as a northwest flow continues…

Some additional light accumulations are possible tonight as the arctic front moves in with a round of light snow and snow showers. Winds will be very gusty and that will take Friday morning wind chills to -5 to +5.

Another light snow maker targets the region late Friday evening into early Saturday morning. That may also lay down light accumulations with a few snow showers behind it on Saturday…

At the end of that, you can see the next system quickly diving into the Mississippi Valley. That system shows up across Kentucky on Sunday with the potential for more light snow. You can see that and the systems before it on the NAM…

The Polar Vortex is heading toward the United States and arrives early next week. Watch this monster…

I told you more than a month ago that you would be hearing the term Polar Vortex soon. Well, now you’ve heard it. 🙂

That will be introduced by a system bringing accumulating snow Monday night and Tuesday and may have another sneaky snow maker right after that…

Snow in arctic air is awesome cause you can get ratios of 30 or 40 to 1.

Historic temps are possible across much of the country for the middle and end of next week. Look at the lows coming off the GFS…

For fun, check out the wind chill forecast for the exact same time on Wednesday night…

This might be a good time to do a little extra weatherproofing on your car and home.

I will have the latest on this extreme period of winter weather coming up on WKYT at 4pm and here on KWC this evening. Make it a good one and take care.


Time posted: 2:53 am

Tracking The Winter Action Ahead

Good Thursday, everyone. Our day is starting our with a  period of mix and snow working across the eastern half of the state. This is causing a few slick spots to develop on area roads. In the overall scheme of things, there is a lot of winter action on the weather menu through the weekend and into next week, including the some serious cold and snow potential.

As mentioned, today has a period of wet snow working across the eastern half of the state. Some hit and run coatings are showing up with some streaks that can approach an inch or two where the moisture hangs deeper. With temps in the 20s, slick spots develop on roads, with our without any slushy sticking.

Leftover snow showers and flurries may be going through noon in the east, then a break happens during the afternoon. That’s ahead of an arctic front that slams in here late this evening into the wee hours of Friday morning. Some light snows will be blowing around with this in some areas…

The air behind this is FRIGID. Lows by Friday morning reach the single digits and low teens but gusty winds make it feel much colder. Some areas may see below zero wind chills…

Several different systems then dive in here from the northwest this weekend. Each of them may have some light accumulating snows along their respective tracks. That will be followed up by a major arctic air outbreak moving in later Monday night and Tuesday. This is basically the polar vortex dropping into the country in a fashion similar to late in the 2013/14 winter.

This will have an arctic low ahead of it. You can see that and all the action ahead of it…



Low temps behind that for the middle and end of next week may be historic for parts of the country and take us toward zero or below. The GFS is well below…

The European is also below


I will have updates later today. Until then, let’s track the morning slush potential…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio

I-75 @ Newtown Pike

I-75 MP 127

I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

I-64 MP 97
I-64 WB @ MP 97

Mountain Parkway near Slade

Pine Mountain


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Have a good one and take care.