Happy Groundhog Day

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Good afternoon, gang. Our Groundhog Day is filled with snow showers, flurries, very cold temperatures and a biting wind. This action caused some cancellations and delays, but this was the scene for many teachers and kiddos this morning…

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This is a far cry from what folks to our north and northeast are getting from this storm.

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Hopefully, those are festive flakes he’s talking about.

Our flakes will be winding down later today as skies break from northwest to southeast. This will mean better weather moving in for Tuesday with partly sunny skies and temps recovering to near normal.

A strong cold front marches in here Wednesday night and Thursday and will likely produce a band of snow behind it. That system continues to miss the love connection with a storm down in the Gulf of Mexico…


We will keep watching to see if we can get a little better hookup between those two systems. For now, they look to stay separate with a light snowfall very possible around here.

Early February is when your friendly weatherdude pretty much goes into spring mode. If our Groundhog Day signals are correct, we may end up saying this again in March…

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No offense to snow lovers, but that would really stink to have 3 straight super late starting Springs.

Enjoy your day and take care.

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50 Responses to Happy Groundhog Day

  1. BubbaG says:

    Funny movie CB!

    The late springs are not so bad with some good snows 🙂 ….. 🙁

  2. Coffeelady says:

    Chris, I have no problem with it getting to be spring. We never get snow down here in the tropics of southern KY anyway, so it may as well be spring. I say, either give us a big snow, mother nature, or tell mr. Winter to pack up and go! I am like you, Chris, getting into spring mode. By the way, its 27 here with a biting wind and some errant snow flakes still flying right now. Baby, it’s cold outside! Have a great rest of your Monday everyone.

    • BubbaG says:

      CB should do a movie called Groundhog Week, where the models say snow every week, but do not pan out!

      I guess that would be based on a true story 😉

  3. Coffeelady says:

    Forgot to say Thanks Chris, for the update. 🙂

  4. Ed says:

    Locals giving a lot of love for something this coming Sunday.Thoughts? Way too early for me. Anything longer than 48 hours totally suspect.

    • Zach Pike says:

      Whatever it is, it’s gonna be rain. 50’s on both Saturday and Sunday

      • cardfan2 says:

        I’m not ever even looking at the models again until the day before. lol As of last Thursday, Southern KY was in the 3-4 inch range. We got a few flakes today. Ripped off.

  5. Bernard P. Fife says:

    In Kentucky we have 5 seasons…summer, fall, post fall, pre spring, & spring. So Mr. Bailey if you prefer you can say we’re in pre spring already!

  6. Ed says:

    Also,I’m getting a lot of kicks from your tweets to your old buddies at WSAZ.

  7. LD says:

    Hey there, let’s ease up on the early spring talk.
    It’s not like you’ve been worn down by having to forecast accumulation totals very often. 😉
    Sadly, we Rebs south of the river remember you had to do that last winter a lot for the Yankee scum, heh.

    Bubba makes an excellent point, we’ve received some great snows in March before, so let’s not let the calendar get in our way for snow be it March 1st or March 20th.

    The snow changeover was really cool looking this morning with blowing snow that stuck quickly, even a little howling to the wind. Didn’t really accumulate but that’s okay because it was a great look to avoid a rainy Monday morning.

    Oh and whomever insulted Hamlin, that’s a bad move on your part. I showed everyone what he drives and that thing is lethal. 🙂

    Horses play in the snow near Waukon, Iowa, Sunday, Feb. 1

  8. Disappointed says:

    Lol, you used to say that you went into spring mode the first of March.

  9. SpringtimeCharlie says:

    I’m heading down to Savannah GA in a couple of weeks to visit family. If I like what I see down that way, Im thinking about looking into a job transfer. I’ve grew up and lived all of my life in Kentucky, but time to look into a warmer climate, and not the gray, cold, damp winters and early springs we seem to get. If I were a younger man, and had that love for snow that I once had, I might study a move to New England or out in the Rockies.

  10. Troy says:

    I”m with you Chris. I’m so over this “yet another dull, gray, miserable, letdown of a winter”. Here’s to an early SPRING!!!

  11. bobt says:

    I’m not going to be greedy. Would just take the 50 degree average highs that mid-feb brings to SEKY. If no snow, then at least give us a break on the cold days.

  12. upslope says:

    an overachiever here in upslope land …..3-4 inches since about 10am and still pouring …schools closed early , buses had chains …. a throwback oldschool kinda day

  13. Jimbo says:

    Accuweather has a Clipper for Wednesday night moving to our north, no surprise there, merging with a system from the south, when they get east of us. Snow looks to be to the north, east and south of us. We get rain maybe a backside flurry just like all the others.

  14. Winterlizard says:

    I still have not had urge to get out my XC skis to ski the yard. I’ve seen Ashland KY winters where I could do so 14 times and years it was 0. Can we just have one nice big snowstorm so we can all go play?

  15. right as rain says:

    I don’t get the spring mode talk in February. It would be like me saying I am in winter mode in September. Well. Wait a minute. I think that IS what I do. Okay. Okay. Have your spring mode wants, even if it has pretty much been spring since early December. It all just gets here when it gets here anyhow.

    As for me, I hope the temperatures tank, and I hope it snows straight through March!

  16. tom says:

    Trending warm next week. Mid 50s to low 60s? We shall see

    • bobt says:

      I hope you are right. I love snow as much as anyone, but for the last decade decent snow falls have been rare in SEKY. Like CB talked about in his post, the last two springs took a long time to get here. No snow and prolonged cold weather is depressing.

  17. MikeM says:

    The. Voice of reason is calling for accumulating snow wed night. This is a guy that never says it will snow.

  18. Bob says:

    I think the Wednesday night system will be a pleasant surprise and put down a few inches here in the mountains of SE ky.

  19. MT says:

    Years ago before computer models, weather forecasts seldom predicted anything beyond 2-3 days in advance. I can remember asking why and as my know-it-all brother said, “It’s really hard to tell where air is going, stupid!” Even with computers and advanced meteorology, I guess it still is difficult. Around here in Kentucky our weather has to be the most difficult to predict, but I think Chris does a great job. I think too many of us get too excited with the first run of the models too many days in advance. I’m gonna try to calm down, or as my mom would say, “Simmer down!”

    • Troy says:

      But…..it should now be very easy to forecast KY “winter” weather at a near 100% accuracy rate. Forecast would state… cold rain, heavy at times tapering off to some light snow showers and flurries as the low moves out and high pressure cold moves in, followed by 2-3 days of average highs. Wash and repeat… lol
      I joke but this forecast would have been pretty accurate for most of the state this year as well as about half the state last year.

    • BubbaG says:

      True dat, but the thing is they almost always overstate and very rarely understate snow. Seems too much bias towards the overstates- to the point that something is wrong.

  20. David says:

    The climate prediction center is calling for spring with above average temperatures. Please say they’re on the right track. I cannot take another late winter.

  21. MikeM says:

    Doesn’t seem like woodford county got 30 inches but we did get a lot of 1-2 inchers back to back to back. Here today, gone tomorrow. I have been and still am waiting for the elusive big one that would qualify as a legitimate Kroger buster. Not sure I’ll see another one in my lifetime.

    • Jimbo says:

      I agree with you. We had 5 big memorable snowstorms in my part of WV between 1978 and 1996. In the 19 years since 96 nothing not one double digit snowfall. Climate change????

  22. Rodger in Dodger says:

    Rodger seeing some of the models getting wetter with the Wed night system. Wetter = maybe more snow! Fingers crossed. Roger in Dodger!

  23. Rickie H says:

    I remember last year being a year of several inches of snow here in SEKY. That’s why I don’t feel qualified to complain. But we might get a big one when we’re least expecting. That would make a lot of people happy. Me being one.
    Thank you Chris!

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