Daily Archives: May 5, 2020

Time posted: 12:20 pm

Historic Cold Potential

Good afternoon, everyone. I wanted to drop by for a quick update on the absolutely frigid pattern ahead of us. It’s truly historic to see this kind of a setup in the month of May.

The first shot of chill is taking control right now and will continue to keep our temps well below normal over the next few days. By Thursday morning, temps reach the low and mid 30s across central and eastern Kentucky and that likely brings a frost threat.

I’ve talked about how this pattern is straight out of winter and it actually has a chance to produce some winter weather. Low pressure works from west to east to our south on Friday. As that happens, very cold air is being drawn in behind the low.

From time to time, we’ve seen the medium range models hinting at the potential for some flake action. Now, we are seeing that in the shorter term. Check out the wet snow showing up on the GFS…

The NAM only goes through Friday evening, but it’s also showing some wet snow getting in there…

That’s absolutely incredible to see forecast models showing snow at this time of year and so close to an event. Again, the chance for snow falling where you live is naturally very low, but it’s not a zero chance.

With our without flakes, historic cold is possible by Saturday morning. The models continue to spit out the coldest May temps on record for many areas…

The amount of damage that would cause could be catastrophic.

The GFS then sends another shot of 20s in here by next Tuesday morning…

I will have the latest on WKYT-TV starting at 4pm. Make it a good one and take care.

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Time posted: 1:45 am

Frost and Freezing Temps Possible

Good Tuesday, everyone. The upcoming pattern continues to look more like something from the heart of winter than it does the middle of May. A deep trough is forecast to dig into the eastern half of the country and will give us the potential for record lows. Green Thumbs need to be on high alert to the potential for frost and freezing conditions. 🙁

As always, let’s start with today and hit the fast-forward button. We are seeing one heck of a north-south temperature spread today and, at times, it may be greater than a 20 degree difference. Showers and thunderstorms are rumbling through, with the heaviest action in the first part of the day…

Chilly temps take control tonight into Wednesday as skies clean up a bit. There’s still a slight chance for a stray shower on Wednesday as highs stay in the 50s. Wednesday night into Thursday morning will bring the first chance for frost across central and eastern Kentucky. Lows look to drop deep into the 30s…

Thursday looks ok with temps in the upper 50s and low 60s with a late day increase in clouds. Those clouds are ahead of a very ugly looking system for Friday. This rolls in with chilly rain and unleashes cold air for the weekend, with some snow showers flying not to far from us…

Saturday will find a drying sky from west to east, but my goodness it’s cold for this time of year. The day may start out in the 20s for many areas. The GFS is forecasting the coldest temps ever recorded in May…

This could be historic cold, folks. Highs on Saturday struggle into the low and middle 50s with gusty winds making it feel colder.

Sunday morning may also see temps drop back into the upper 20s and low 30s across central and eastern Kentucky.

The next system zipping in here by Sunday night and Monday should bring more chilly showers with it…

That keeps temps below normal into the first half of next week, but it shouldn’t be nearly as cold as the weekend. I’m finally seeing good news on the ensembles as they are trending warm late next week into the following week…

Yes, please!

Have a great day and take care.

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