Good evening, folks. We are tracking some light snow across the region, on the leading edge of arctic air pushing in here tonight. This is just the beginning of a stretch of bitterly cold temps taking up residence in our region through the state of the new year.
Let’s begin with the light snow action working across the northern half of the state. We set you up for this a few days ago, and it can put down some light accumulations. We will need to keep a close eye on roads in the north, as they could briefly become fluff covered.
Here are your tracking toys…
Hamburg Area from WKYT Studio
I-275 approaching KY 20/Airport
I-71/I-75 at Buttermilk Pike
I-71/I-75 at 12th St.
US 60 @ US 127
Downtown Louisville @ 2nd & Broadway
Temps tank tonight with single digits showing up across the north, with low and middle teens elsewhere. Wind chill temps go below zero at times in some areas.
Highs Wednesday stay in the teens in the north with low and middle 20s south. Gusty winds make it feel even colder. Lows by Thursday morning drop back into the upper single digits and low teens.
From there, the forecast gets a lot colder, but how we get there is the issue. Snow is likely to fall this weekend, but I’m still not ready to commit to how it comes at us, or how much may fall.
The European Model continues to say we get an arctic front with a wave of low pressure along it Friday night and Saturday…
That blows up into a major storm across the northeast.
The GFS continues to show a different setup and it starts with a system before that one. The GFS has a little better system showing up Thursday night and early Friday…
The model then is MUCH weaker with the system diving in Friday night and Saturday, producing a swath of light snow across our region…
It still develops another system working in from the southwest for New Year’s Eve and Day…
That setup could be a healthy snow maker for us.
The JMA is actually on the side of the GFS this go around, and actually has a much more threatening look…
With our Christmas snow, it was siding with the European Model.
Several of the individual members of the GFS Ensembles are supportive of that idea…
Enjoy your evening and take care.