Monthly Archives: October 2019

Time posted: 7:36 pm

Halloween Update

Good evening and Happy Halloween. Ghosts and witches aren’t the only things flying through the air this evening as a few snowflakes are showing up across Kentucky. This comes on the heels of another massive rain event that put down nearly 4″ in some areas.

Let’s start with the impressive rainfall from the past 2 days…

October ends as one of the wettest Octobers on record for many cities across our region. That is absolutely ridiculous considering September was the driest month ever recorded. Extremes are the new normal.

Temps dropped more than 30 degrees during the day with snow showers and flurries showing up right on cue…

As the flakes fly out of town tonight, temps continue to crash into the 20s for lows. This could actually lead to a touch of black ice forming on roads. Wind chill readings may also drop into the upper teens at times.

November 1st looks to be a nice and cold day. Highs are only in the 40s as skies become partly sunny. That sets the stage for a cold Friday evening for high school football action across the state.

Our next cold front drops in here on Saturday and may touch off a rain or snow shower in the north…

That reinforces our cold air into Sunday, with another front arriving on the scene at some point Election Day. The front coming in behind that has even colder air to work with and the forecast models are not handling it very well at all. You’re seeing run to run changes and that’s to be expected with such an anomalous pattern.

We will need to watch for a wave of low pressure to develop along the arctic boundary as it arrives by Thursday and Friday…

GFS

CANADIAN

Winter is starting early this year, my friends!

Here are your Halloween tracking tools…

Make it a great rest of your Halloween and take care.

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Time posted: 2:39 am

A Halloween Touch of Winter

Good Thursday and Happy Halloween. It’s a wicked weather day shaping up with a massive temperature drop and the potential for the first snowflakes of the season. This is a setup that kicks off a very cold pattern as we roll into November.

Our day starts with heavy rain and even a thunderstorm or two across central and eastern Kentucky. Temps during this time are generally in the 60s across central and eastern Kentucky and dropping into the 30s in the west.

Those 30s sweep eastward quickly this afternoon and evening, making for one major temp crash. Winds will be gusty as a few showers continue. As the colder air moves in, it may spit out a few snowflakes across parts of the region. Not everyone will have a chance of seeing them, and this wouldn’t be a big deal except for the fact it’s the first flakes and its happening on Halloween.

The Hi Res NAM continues to highlight some areas seeing passing flakes…

As temps drop into the 30s this afternoon and evening, gusty winds will make our wind chill numbers drop into the 20s. A few upper teen wind chills may even show up later tonight and early Friday morning. That’s when actual lows drop deep into the low and middle 20s…

Highs on Friday are in the 40s with a mostly sunny sky taking control.

Another cold front drops in here on Saturday and there’s a chance for a rain or snow shower across the north as it passes through. The models are seeing this a little better with each run…

Another front arrives around Election Day, with another system a few days later. That one may have a major shot of arctic air behind it.

I will have another update or two later today, so check back. Until then, here are your early day tracking toys…

Have a great and Happy Halloween. Take care.

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Time posted: 7:32 pm

Halloween Eve Update

Good evening, everyone. On this Halloween Eve, we continue to track rounds of very heavy rain across the region. This action is ahead of our major temp drop on Halloween and it’s one that can give us our first flakes of the season before the day is over.

Some areas are now approaching 2″ of rain on the day, with a lot more to go tonight into early Halloween. I’ll have your tracking toys in a bit.

Let me start with our a new Kentucky Weather podcast to throw at ya. We talk a lot about the Halloween weather and I even throw in a few winter hints…

The rest of our forecast appears to be on track with our much anticipated temperature plunge on Halloween. That more than 30 degree drop in temps may also lead to some snowflakes flying around from late afternoon into the evening.

Here’s the temp drop…

The wind chill forecast continues to be absurd…

The chance for a few snowflakes continues to show up pretty well…

Again, that wouldn’t be more than some flakes flying and not everyone would see it. Still, it’s pretty awesome to see.

Temps behind all this drop deep into the 20s by Friday morning with highs only in the 40s. It’s a cold weekend in store as another weak front drops in. That looks to be dry, but we will need to watch that northwest wind.

The setup then features several systems diving in from the northwest into next week. There’s the chance for some clippers to impact our weather and I could see one of them really trying to amplify. We’re also seeing a lot of cold getting into the mix and some of the model forecasts are for temps to be WAY below normal…

Dang!

Here are your evening rain trackers…

Make it a great evening and take care.

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