Friday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon, everyone. It’s a cold day in the bluegrass state as clouds continue to thicken ahead of our weekend storm system. This will bring high winds for Saturday as arctic cold temps tumble in from the northwest for Sunday through Tuesday.

Precipitation is moving in from the west this afternoon, but it’s likely to be a lot on the radar and very little at the ground due to dry air. By late afternoon and evening, scattered stuff will make it to the ground across areas of western and central Kentucky. A brief period of a mix will be possible in these areas before showers take over …

Gusty rain will be likely on Saturday along and ahead of our cold front. Temps spike into the 50s ahead of this then come crashing down during the evening. A few flakes may show up as the cold air crashes in, but this isn’t a bit deal.

However, winds will be a big deal. Gusts of 50mph or greater will be possible…

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NAMCold and windy weather comes in behind all this, knocking our wind chill numbers way down from Sunday through Tuesday…

Temps rebound toward the end of the week as we watch another storm system work toward the region. There’s a chance we see this system forced farther south in time. I will touch more on that with my evening update.

Enjoy your afternoon and take care.

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14 Responses to Friday Afternoon Update

  1. Coffeelady says:

    Thanks Chris. Been trying gvro post for a while but it won’t show up.zi have missed my weather friends a bunch. But I’m always reading the posts. Have aces at day everyone

  2. Mike S says:

    Whatever you’re saying, the Euro currently is not buying. Temps look to moderate once winter leaves the station after a 3-day visit. If we can get a sustained blocking event, which the NAO is trying to hint at albeit more at neutral, then perhaps an easier shift toward a southerly path. It should be easier because the PNA teleconnection will be moderately positive allowing for colder air to plummet farther south. Without the block, though, the coldest air will fall short of the first down marker, and we’ll be left looking forward to winter’s next brief visit.

  3. TennMark says:

    The NWS continues to confirm more weather events from the January 11 2020 severe thunderstorms. Kentucky is now up to nine tornadoes (seven EF1s and two EF0s, all in western KY). Tennessee has four…. two EF1s and two EF0s. Plus many damaging straight line wind events across most areas of both KY and TN.

    One tornado was more out of place compared to the others. NWS Morristown TN confirmed an EF0 occurred in Claiborne County TN which unroofed a barn and did some damage to two homes. Claiborne County is next to Bell County KY/Middlesboro.

    Many of these twister/wind events were in rural areas. Fortunately, no serious injuries. However, an EF1 near Hopkinsville KY still managed to topple 13 stored railroad cars; the rail cars were empty which may have made them more vulnerable.

  4. Bus Haynes says:

    Looks like back side flurries only. It’s all northwest of us. Not going to mount to much other than the wind and colder air for a few days.

  5. Rodger in Dodger says:

    Worst winter Rodger can remember. 2017-18 winter was bad too. Just hoping this isn’t the new normal winters. Rodger in Dodger

  6. Winterlover says:

    What new normal winter, some people act like we haven’t experience this type of winter before ! Sorry folks in my life time we have several times. Its part of mother nature thing.

    • TennMark says:

      Well, the winter of 1889-90 was so absurdly warm that many records from then still stand. Lexington KY had a low temperature of just 62 degrees on the morning of January 12 1890; I think this remains Lexington’s all-time warmest low temperature in January.

      January 12 1890 had tornadoes in Missouri and Kentucky including an F4 at Clinton KY.

  7. Terry says:

    In reality it is like this for why I think most are so upset regarding winter or lack of winter: There has simply been too much implied winter weather chances, pattern changes, overall long range predictions, short term busts, etc, etc., that are not panning out and people finally WANT IT DELIVERED!

    It is not that it has never been a snowless, warm winter in KY or surrounding states before, but too much implied snow for over 3 years now has everyone cranky. People who want and are expecting snow aren’t getting it = cranky, excessive complaints. Others that really could care less or don’t like winter are complaining against the complaints and this blog has become one major Gripe Fest!

    All I am saying as I refuse to complain any more today 🙂

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