High Winds To Unleash Arctic Cold

Good Friday, folks. Here comes another big time storm system rolling our way for the weekend. This will bring a lot of wind back to the bluegrass state, but this one will also unleash a little something else. Arctic temps surge in behind this with wind chills that flirt with the danger category from Sunday through Tuesday.

Let’s begin with the leading edge of this system impacting the region today. It’s a cold one with temps in the 30s for most of the state as clouds thicken. Some light precipitation moves in later this afternoon and evening across areas of the west and moves into central and northern Kentucky. There’s the chance for a little bit of a mix of frozen precipitation before rain takes over.

Here’s a look at the precipitation type accumulation from the NAM…

Again, any frozen stuff would be brief this evening.

Rain and VERY windy weather then takes us into Saturday. Gusts may top out greater than 50mph at times…

Very cold air comes in behind this with wind chills that are way down there from Sunday through Tuesday…

For winter weather lovers, the European Weeklies continue to offer hope from later this month through the start of March. Check out the pattern featuring much more of a trough into the eastern half of the country…

This model nailed the super warm pattern of the past 6 weeks, so it gets some attention with what it’s showing.

I will have updates later today so check back. Make it a good one and take care.

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33 Responses to High Winds To Unleash Arctic Cold

  1. Bus Haynes says:

    We’ve had some pretty good snows in March here in Southern Ohio but not like a winter we are having now. Any snow in March is on death row. can’t live long. But the way are justice system works maybe it will live a long time.

    • Terry says:

      LOL! The 1993 March Super Storm actually took about a week to melt in SE KY, granted it was almost 3 ft deep and got super cold for a few days after the storm hit before regular March temps returned.

      Like you said about death row, about 99% of snows in March are gone in a day or less.

      • Schroeder says:

        In 1978 there was snow on the ground the entire month of March in Evansville, Indiana. That Spring was not good for selling landscape plants and almost put me out of nursery business. The mild Winters returned after that and I was able to restart my nursery with much success. In Evansville, we had a lot of those late heavy wet snowstorms which started in mid February through mid March, but not every year. The most remembered late snowstorm was in early March 1960 came after a very mild February. Up to four feet of snow fell in some areas of southwest Indiana. I was eight years old and out building a snowman. It took two weeks to melt because we had another storm after the big one. That Spring,1960 was very stormy with a lot of hail storms.

        • Mike S says:

          The entire month of February, not March of 1978. Snow was on the ground for a long time though. The last 3 weeks of January, all of February, and the first half of March. It’s hard to have snow on the ground at 82 degrees on the 31st of March

  2. BengalFan says:

    The map above ….looks to me more the same. The yellow part will push the blue part north!!!!

  3. Terry says:

    It looks like a legitimate possibility that some in KY could clear out January with a rare 0 snowfall accumulation for the coldest month of the year. Some have traces due to the New Year’s weekend sleet/snow showers (1/8 inch in Harlan, I was lucky) and some in a few select counties in eastern KY up WVA had that accumulation last week…really lucky dogs 🙂
    Otherwise, many may stay at a trace or 0 for January!

    Last year was the only February I can remember in my lifetime with the goose egg of no accumulation, but I still had a dab in January.

    • Schroeder says:

      So far Terry, my snowfall total holds at two inches which occurred last year 2019 in the Autumn month of November. This Winter 2020 snowfall so far is a big fat 0.00. Very sad Winter. Can’t wait to see what Spring will bring us ?

  4. Cameron Fry says:

    Models are usually correct with warm solutions and incorrect with cold solutions. I’ll believe the pattern change when it actually happens.

  5. BubbaG says:

    I know our lifespan is a statistical blip, but this could be the lowest snowfall for three concurrent winters on record for KY. If it keeps ice rain away, that’s a fair trade.

    I’m not seeing a short term trend buster. Even the big snows four years ago were mentioned as a chance way ahead. There ain’t nothin’ showing.

  6. DJC says:

    While it does turn colder, the brand of cold arriving next week is nothing out of the ordinary for mid-January. By late next week, we’ll already be pushing 50 again. Not impressed.

  7. Jeff Hamlin says:

    If it doesn’t snow, I don’t care too much. A few decent cold shots and I’m good.

  8. Josh says:

    The teleconnections just aren’t there therefore no blocking. I just don’t like the long term for snow chances but let’s hope it changes.

  9. Bus Haynes says:

    When March gets here I’m ready for it to warm up.

    • BengalFan says:

      Bus…it’s been warm!!!!!

    • Schroeder says:

      The only thing about the month of March Bus is the possibility of your property being destroyed by Tornadoes and other destructive storms we have in the Spring and through the Summer months anymore. Worse part about it you can’t depend on your home owners insurance for help. I hope we have an uneventful Spring and Summer.

      • Bjenks says:

        We really haven’t had a decent severe weather outbreak in the past several years either. Our Winter and Spring storms have both been out to lunch.

  10. Jeff says:

    Lol if some of you are just so certain winter is over and I’m not saying it is or isn’t, then why do you come here and post the same thing day after day? Why read the blog during winter and just come back for spring? I don’t like a winter with warm temps and no snow like most of you, but some of you seem just so miserable day in and day out. Either everyone is disagreeing with what Chris is saying or showing, or you have a certain few living in the 60’s and 70’s talking about winter’s that haven’t happened in 40-50 years acting like they were just yesterday. Some just need to take a time out from posting or reading the blog until Spring. Yes it’s warm with no snow, but does it do any good to post about it every single day and multiple times?

    • Schroeder says:

      Jeff, I like talking about snowstorms of the past on here because it helps my depression from the gloomy, rainy days we have to put up with here in central Kentucky during the Winter months anymore. Depression is an unfortunate disease for anyone to have. That why I post on here and bring up the same thing that happened sixty years ago when the world was a much happier place to be alive.

      • Jeff says:

        Speak for yourself Schroeder. I’m pretty happy actually, but stay in the 60’s and 70’s if that’s what you need.

        • Schroeder says:

          That’s great Jeff, try to stay that way. Let me tell you something it is hell getting old and alone. I’m going to wait till we get a substantial snowstorm before posting again and you won’t have to read my boring snow stories of the past. Take care and good luck. Schroeder

    • BubbaG says:

      The litmus for posting is not snow. It’s weather.

  11. Bjenks says:

    LOL….Winter hasn’t even started and most are saying it’s over.

  12. Bjenks says:

    Regarding the Chris’s post I do like the looks of the Euro, but I am also being optimistic about any sustained cold. If we do get exactly what the Euro is showing then we could be in for some wild rides through the end of winter. Especially us here along the Ohio River. Could very well get dICEy at times. Thinks Snow!

  13. Bryan says:

    Choo Choo, all aboard the KWC Rain Train!!

    Aren’t these “new normal” winters a blast??

    Choo Choo

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