Good evening, folks. It’s another bitterly cold night taking for the bluegrass state with temps and wind chills below zero for many areas. There’s also another band of arctic snows working across the west and south, and that may cause slick travel conditions.
Here’s the area I’m targeting for tonight’s light snow…
It won’t take much to cover roads and cause slick travel. As I said before last night’s snowfall… A Winter Weather Advisory would be more than justified.
While Thursday isn’t as cold as today, a messy system moves in Thursday night into Friday. This is likely to mean a third straight day of school closings in many areas. As I mentioned earlier, the models are going to struggle with low-level arctic cold. That leads to colder air hanging tougher, leading to a better snow and freezing rain risk.
The models are slowly picking up on more and more of an initial snow threat…
Slick travel conditions are increasingly likely, especially early on Friday.
From there, milder air surges in here for the weekend and early next week. Temps will make a run at 60 during this time, but a few showers and thunderstorms will be noted.
This setup isn’t going to last very long. Arctic air takes control of the pattern again for the second half of next week. Can we get storm system to develop along this next surge of arctic air? Maybe. The new GFS says so…
The numbers behind that front take us back to being much, much colder than normal…
Good afternoon, everyone. Today has been about as harsh of a winter weather day as you will ever find across the state of Kentucky. Snow and blowing snow, temps from -5 to 5 above and wind chills that almost hit -30 in a few spots.
Wind chills continue to run way below zero through tonight as the current band of light snow pushes away. Another batch of light snow then moves into western Kentucky tonight and can cause a few travel issues.
The Polar Vortex pulls away from the states late Thursday and into Friday. That allows temps tp climb as moisture overruns the region from the southwest. This has a freezing rain signature for Friday. I say that for 2 reasons.
The models are always too fast in moving out low-level arctic cold air.
The ground is frozen solid and road temps are well below freezing. Even if air temps are a little above freezing, as the rain hits the frozen ground and roads, it freezes.
Temps behind this take off for the weekend and early next week. This is a very mild setup that can boost our temps toward 60 degrees. It’s also one that won’t last very long as arctic air crashes back in for the middle and end of next week. This transition is likely a soggy one, with winter weather potential later in the week.
Bitterly cold temps will engulf much of the nation, again. Watch this through the middle of February…
Moral of the story, after a few muddy days to thaw out, winter returns to the region. It’s a setup that may also give us the sequel to the Polar Vortex as the southern jet starts to crank again. There are a lot more snow days waiting in the wings with this pattern.
I’m back on WKYT starting at 4 today and will have another KWC update this evening. I leave you with your tracking tools…
Good Wednesday, everyone and welcome to the frozen tundra of Kentucky. Snow and blowing snow are ushering in dangerously cold wind chills across our entire region. This is the true definition of harsh winter weather around these parts, but we’re not alone in dealing with it. Historic temps and wind chills are showing up across a large part of the country.
The early day snow system is a high impact travel event. 1″-3″ of arctic snows will fall in many areas, with blowing and some drifting snow showing up. This is actually making for some pretty awesome scenes playin out. Unfortunately, many roads are snow covered and may not improve much throughout the day. Stay safe if you’re travelling.
The main show of the day is the bitterly cold temps and dangerously cold wind chills. It may feel like -10 to -20 at times today into tonight. That’s in the danger category, so take all necessary precautions of you have to be outdoors for any period of time.
Another light snow maker tries to work across the state later tonight into Thursday morning. The greatest impact from this may be across the western half of the state. A few more travel issues are possible.
After another frigid day on Thursday, the Polar Vortex begins to lift out. That allows overrunning moisture to develop quickly Thursday night and Friday. I’m concerned about icy roads developing as a mixture of snow, freezing rain and rain moves in. It’s a setup where we have a frozen ground, with road temps well below freezing. Even for areas getting rain, icy roads can sometimes develop because of the frozen ground.
I’ll talk more about all that and what comes after that with my next updates. Until then, let’s do some tracking…
The Wind Chill Advisory is covering several counties also under the Winter Weather Advisory on this map,,,
Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio Lexington
I-75 @ Newtown Pike Lexington
-75/I-64 Southern Split Lexington
I-64 at KY-801 Near Morehead
I-64 MP 97 Winchester
Mountain Parkway near Slade
Keep warm and stay safe today. Have a good one and take care.