Good Tuesday and Merry Christmas! I sincerely hope this is the best Christmas and holiday season ever for each of you. In terms of the weather, we have a weak system working across the state early today. That is touching off some light precipitation in a few spots.
Not everyone will see precip from this weak system, but some light rain may mix with a touch of sleet and light snow. Here’s regional radar to track the action…
As this system works through, temps rebound quickly on Wednesday and Thursday. Temps spike way up ahead of a potent plains storm system. That means showers and a few thunderstorms for our region…
Heavy rains may cause some additional high water concerns in some areas. Another 1″-2″ will be possible in a fairly short time period…
Colder air comes in behind this boundary and it comes at us in stages. This happens as the southern branch of the jet stream remains active and that means we have to be on guard for additional storm systems. These systems will show up on the various model runs, but will flip and flop in terms of track, intensity and precipitation types for us. Still, the setup is there for a busy period from late this weekend through the first few weeks of the new year…
A very cold pattern is likely to develop across the eastern half of the country as we head into January. Most of the medium range models, sans the GFS, have been advertising this for a while now. Check out the temperature departure on the new version of the GFS…
The European Ensembles are very bullish on the cold. Check out the 5 day averages from January 3-8…
European Ensembles Control
European Ensembles average
The bullseye is right on top of our region.
I will have an update at some point today. Until then, here are some travel tracking cams for this Christmas…
I-75/I-65 Northern Split Lexington
I-75/I-64 Southern Split Lexington
Between Frankfort and Midway
Mountain Parkway near Slade
Merry Christmas and take care.