Daily Archives: January 29, 2019

Time posted: 8:19 pm

Tuesday Evening Update

Good evening, folks. Our next arctic front is about to plow into the region and will bring bitterly cold wind chills and a period of light snow. This sets the stage for the bluegrass state to be transformed into the frozen tundra overnight and Wednesday.

My latest thoughts haven’t changed much from earlier:

  • The arctic front is moving in with a period of powdery snow becoming likely. Light accumulations are likely and that will cause travel issues to develop. Winds will blow the snow around.
  • Bitterly cold temps blow in with this system with actual lows ranging from -5 to 5 above in many areas over the next 30 hours or so.
  • Wind chills continue to be the main story. It’s going to feel like -5 to -20 at times from late tonight through Thursday morning. That’s some dangerous cold that will lead to issues if you’re outside for too long.
  • Another period of light snow may show up Wednesday night, especially in the west.
  • Overrunning snow and wintry precipitation is possible Thursday night and Friday as the bitter cold pulls out of town.

 

I know many schools have cancelled classes for Wednesday and that’s an excellent call. Let me offer some assurances to these school district administrators, you are absolutely doing the right thing. A 2014 CDC Report shows about 2,000 people die from weather related events each year in the US. 63% of the deaths were related to cold temps, 31% from heat and 6% from tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, severe storms/lightning. Nothing soft about cancelling school for cold.

I leave you with your tracking toys…

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Lexington

I-75 @ Newtown Pike
Lexington

-75/I-64 Southern Split Lexington


Georgetown


I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

I-64 MP 97
Winchester
I-64 WB @ MP 97

Mountain Parkway near Slade

Pine Mountain

Jenkins

Florence

No image available.

Covington

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Louisville

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E-town

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Bowling Green

Paducah

Stay warm and take care.

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Time posted: 12:34 pm

Frozen Tundra Alert

Good afternoon, everyone. The bluegrass state is turning into the proverbial frozen tundra as arctic cold winds send wind chill readings into the danger category. Light snow and flurries are flying, with a greater swath of light snow rolling in tonight.

Here’s a breakdown of how we roll with this:

  • Light snow showers and flurries will coat roads from time to time today as wind chills stay in the single digits.
  • Another arctic front works in tonight with a period of powdery snow becoming likely. Light accumulations are likely and that will cause travel issues to develop. Winds will blow the snow around.
  • Bitterly cold temps blow in with this system with actual lows ranging from -5 to 5 above in many areas.
  • Wind chills continue to be the main story. It’s going to feel like -5 to -20 at times from late tonight through Thursday morning. That’s some dangerous cold that will lead to issues if you’re outside for too long.
  • Another period of light snow may show up Wednesday night, especially in the west.
  • Overrunning snow and wintry precipitation is possible Thursday night and Friday as the bitter cold pulls out of town.

I’ll drop by for another update this evening. Until then, here are your tracking tools for the afternoon…

 

Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
Lexington

I-75 @ Newtown Pike
Lexington

-75/I-64 Southern Split Lexington


Georgetown


I-64 at KY-801
Near Morehead

I-64 MP 97
Winchester
I-64 WB @ MP 97

Mountain Parkway near Slade

Pine Mountain

Jenkins

Florence

No image available.

Covington

No image available.

No image available.

Louisville

No image available.

No image available.

No image available.

E-town

No image available.

Bowling Green

Paducah

Make it a good one and take care.

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Time posted: 2:12 am

Dangerously Cold Wind Chills

Good Tuesday, everyone. The first of two arctic fronts is now pushing east of the area, with the second arriving later tonight. That front will usher in some of the coldest wind chills we have seen in near 4 years. That means the numbers are firmly into the danger category from later tonight through early Thursday.

Let’s start with how our day begins and roll forward. Black ice is a good bet on area roads, with some very light snow accumulations also possible, mainly in the southeast. Temps are in the teens with a wind chill in the single digits.

The next arctic front arrives late this evening into overnight and looks increasingly likely to bring a swath of arctic snows to the region…

That would be a powdery snow that blows around. The GFS has a swath of 1″ snows tonight…

The Canadian is a bit more generous in coverage and amounts…

Temps behind this arctic front are brutal and drop quickly into the single digits and may stay there all day long on Wednesday, especially across the north. Winds are going to crank with wind chills ranging from -5 to -20.

The RPM wind chill numbers go a little lower than that in the north…

Frostbite can occur quickly in those kind of numbers, so please limit your outdoor exposure.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see another streak of light snow move from west to east Wednesday night. There are several small scale disturbances embedded underneath the massive Polar Vortex moving into the Great Lakes.

Speaking of the Polar Vortex, it’s taking the weather to the extreme across many states just to our north. All-time record lows are being threatened in several states and cities, such as Chicago. Wind chill numbers may approach -60 in some areas.

As the Polar Vortex lifts out by Friday, overrunning moisture may bring some winter weather back into the region. This is ahead of a temperature surge this weekend and early next week, but the cold returns shortly thereafter.

I will have updates later today. Until then, let’s track a little morning action…

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 near Slade

Pine Mountain

Jenkins

Florence

No image available.

Covington

No image available.

No image available.

Louisville

No image available.

No image available.

No image available.

E-town

No image available.

Make it a good one and take care.

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