High Winds Blow Through

Good Saturday, everyone. It’s another super windy day across the bluegrass state as arctic air blows into the region behind a potent storm system. The winds will be accompanied by lots of showers working through here, with just a small flake chance as the cold air crashes in.

The wind aspect of today has been talked about for a week. High wind gusts of 40mph or greater look likely for many areas of the state. There’s the potential for winds to gust greater than 50mph at times. Obviously, this would be enough to cause power issues and cause a little more wind damage.

There may even be a narrow squall line of enhanced showers that contain some pretty good winds. Here are your tracking tools…

Temps rise into the 50s this afternoon then come crashing down this evening. The arctic cold temps quickly sweep in, giving us wind chills that are frigid…

Temps moderate for the second half of the week as we watch another storm system. This one may continue to trend farther southeast than what the models currently have and we are seeing…




I will have updates later today, so check back. Until then, have a great Saturday and take care.

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22 Responses to High Winds Blow Through

  1. Mike S says:

    Show me ole reliable, the Euro please.
    CPC currently has our region in a likely category for above normal temperatures from January 23 – rest of the month.

    • Terry says:

      Even with this 4 day cold spell, do you think we could still manage a top 5 warmest January for most of the state? London and Jackson are way up there at record warmth so far around 47 degrees on the month through the 15th, granted those locations have less years of data compared to Lexington and Louisville. I checked those numbers on Thursday.

  2. Bus Haynes says:

    Had a little freezing rain this morning that was on my truck. But temperatures are above freezing now. Glad of that. Waiting on the wind today to pick up. We haven’t had much snow this winter at this point but we sure have had are share of strong winds. March is suppose to be the windy month but I think we have had March for the last 4 months. I also think we are really in a set pattern. Have you noticed almost all these storms are cutting up through the great lakes?

    • Schroeder says:

      Yeah, Bus the energy is moving from the southwest around the western edge of the famous southeast ridge and phasing with the northern jet giving the area around Lake Superior a substantial snowstorm if not blizzard conditions. I pointed this scenario out in early December 2019. One thing I don’t understand about all these oscillations, why are they having Winter there and not here in the Ohio Valley if the oscillations are all caring the positive charge. Looks like they wouldn’t have any Winter either ? Glad your freezing rain turned to plain rain, but be careful out there with all this wind.

      • Terry says:

        It is horrible! Since 2016, almost every low pressure has travel right up through the middle of the country. Usually, at least one or a few storms every winter would go from the Deep South up through the East Coast but no so for the last few years now.

        Also, with no strong NW flow around an East Coast traveling low, no Lake Effect either. Winter is just mild, wet and dead as door knob for snow!

        • Schroeder says:

          Terry, question, what is the most snow Harlan has seen from lake effect event ? ( not in the mountains but in the valley )

          • Terry says:

            About 8 inches back in 2009 was the most I can remember from a strong upslope event, non low pressure only. It lasted with steady snow showers and squalls for about two days in December 2009.

            Also, we have added several additional inches of snow several times from big storms like the 1993 blizzard that brought about 20 inches when the main storm hit, but up to 10 more once the low was up the East Coast when Lake Effect wrap around kicked in! The good ole days…:)

            • Schroeder says:

              Terry, thanks. I didn’t know that Lake Michigan snow shield reached that far southeast when the frigid northwest wind is coming off the lake. Eight inches is a lot of Lake Effect snow for being that far from the Lake. When the frigid northwest winds blows here in western and central Kentucky it is snow flurries before ending. Here in western and central Kentucky our snow has to come from the Gulf of Mexico, our only source for moisture and it is a very rare event we get a major snow eight inches plus in any giving Winter. In Evansville, Indiana we got more snow because the low pressure would tract through central and north central Kentucky. Lexington and points to the south and east would be in the warm sector of the storm.

        • TennMark says:

          Roughly a decade ago, The Weather Channel showed a lake effect stream flowing south from Lake Michigan. Much of the north-south length of the lake was available to pick up moisture. While both Chicago and South Bend were largely untouched, the stream went all the way down to places like Huntsville and Muscle Shoals in Alabama! I don’t recall how much snow was falling in Alabama (might have been a tiny fraction of what it was much farther north?), but I had no idea lake effect snow could travel so far south.

          Every long once in a while, lake effect snow streams will form over the long relatively straight stretch of the Tennessee River/Wilson Lake area to drop a little snow on Decatur and other areas of Alabama.

  3. Bobt says:

    Looks like nothing on the horizon for snow. Most of Kentucky should get through January with very little or no snow.

  4. Farmer43 says:

    The blog is like the roadrunner and coyote the coyote is always gonna catch him and never does the cold pattern is always locking in or coming and never shows up winter19 20 R.I.P

  5. SkiWi says:

    No Arctic blasts, no snowstorms, no clippers, heck we can’t even get lake effect. This is pathetic.

    • Schroeder says:

      Sorry, that’s very sad for the ski industry in the great state of West Virginia. A beautiful state in the late Spring for blooming Rhododendrons.

  6. Mike says:

    I woke expecting it to be pouring with rain and that the rain would continue all day… For one of the first times I cancelled a hike in the RRG based on the forecast. (I love winter outdoor adventure – colder the better. I don’t like the cold rain.) Well, 0930 and not a drop. It hurts to type this… I actually hope it rains.

  7. Illinois Mike says:

    It’s a sloppy, slushy mess this morning across the Chicago area. O’Hare Airport received 3 inches of snow overnight, and here in the SW suburbs we got almost 2 inches, before it warmed up to above freezing and changed to all rain. That melted some of the snow and turned a lot of it into slush.

    I’m glad I took an Uber to work last night, as the roads were very hazardous. Now, they’re just wet.

    The winds are starting to pick up from the West currently with temps predicted to fall all afternoon. By Sunday morning, wind chills are predicted to be close to 20 below zero throughout the Chicago area!

    • Schroeder says:

      Currently, the folks up in the North Central Plains are really getting clobbered with up to 20 inches of snow and temperatures in the minus 10’s and blizzard conditions will pick up with the expected high winds. It has been a rainy and windy morning here in central Kentucky with temperatures in the mid 40’s. Just like last weekend with less rain.

  8. BubbaG says:

    Well, we could get crippling ice and heavy snow mix that is knocking power out and then single digits next tonight through next week to the north of us. The north can have the frozen stuff.

    • Schroeder says:

      Yes, I don’t think central Kentucky will get a Blizzard anytime soon, and after being in a real blizzard I don’t want to see another. I like the late heavy wet snowstorms that are only around for less than a week and before the first one melts another comes on top of the first one. That’s the kind of Winter I prefer. Use to come in February and early March in southwest Indiana, but here in central Kentucky I don’t expect any to occur, as I’ve been here twelve years and the event has not happened.

  9. Cold-Rain says:

    Until we start getting help from the Atlantic with blocking might as well forget about winter..When you have to depend on the pacific side you get what we’re getting now with a ugly pacific..Have not looked but I bet it’s been a long time since we’ve had a true -NAO in winter..

  10. Mike S says:

    Rainfall not a big deal here. Winds at Louisville have not been very bad so far, either. I guess we were borderline wind advisory material after all. Perhaps a gust of 40 mph here at my place. Last week, winds of at least 55 mph peeled back one of my shingles.

  11. Cold-Rain says:

    Also some Mets I follow have been spot on for there winter forecast so far..They did predict February would be our best chance for snow but now seem to think there February forecast may be incorrect from what they currently are seeing..Just hoping for some dry weather as one prepares for gardening just around the corner.

  12. AC says:

    You can bet since we haven’t received any snow yet, it will be cold all the way to June.
    It happens. every. time.

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