Cold Air Finally Arrives

Good Sunday, everyone. After a wet and VERY windy Saturday, arctic cold temps have finally arrived in the bluegrass state. This cold as been AWOL for the past month or so and for some, it’s the coldest since early November. That’s when we had record cold and record snows around here.

Temps out there today are generally in the 20s with a mix of sun and clouds. Wind chills are likely in the single digits this morning then into the teens for the afternoon.

This sets the stage for a very cold night with lows in the teens and wind chills in the low and single digits. Highs on Monday are back in the 20s with wind chills in the teens. A weak system is dropping across the west and may provide the region with a few snowflakes.

From there, the next thing to watch for is a late week system that comes rolling our way. This looks to take a track from west to east right on top of us, with rain that can go over to a little snow. This looks to be a pretty slow-moving system that’s cut off from the main flow…

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That’s all I got for you crazy kids to start the day. Much more coming up on the afternoon update. Make it a good Sunday and take care.


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37 Responses to Cold Air Finally Arrives

  1. Marsha says:

    Well now I hate to say it but looks like the national weather service has hit this winter right out of the ball park they said warm rainy and no snow

  2. Matt Rosenboom says:

    So Chris – why is this winter yet another no show? Any ideas when we will break out of this larger pattern of wet/warm in every season? Seems like the West has had consecutive great winter seasons over the past few years which is great for them in the short term but leads to a higher fire danger later in the year. Thanks for your blog, anxious to hear your thoughts!

  3. Bus Haynes says:

    It show up at my house this morning in the form of snow flurries. Lol.

  4. Terry says:

    By radar only, it appears Jimbo may have some flurries this morning. Send some down south!

  5. Which Way is the Wind Blowing says:

    And there goes the southern track.
    No surprise.

  6. Bus Haynes says:

    At this moment it’s more than flurries. Coming down pretty good.

    • Schroeder says:

      Bus, glad you are getting a good dose of snow showers. Must be coming from Lake Michigan snow plume energy. Here in central Kentucky, clear as a bell with a temperature of 23 degrees and falling. Glad to see the sunshine though. The coming week is going to end with 50 plus degrees and a slight chance of rain showers on Saturday. We are in the same weather pattern Folks. The only change is the shallow cold Arctic air has under cut the stationary Southeast High pressure ridge. Have a good one and enjoy the snow showers for those in the far east.

      • Prelude says:

        Snow flurries that some are seeing not only in the east but in Southern Indiana and parts of north central Kentucky has nothing at all to do with the fetch off of Lake Michigan. Low clouds low level moisture a sharp cold front will ring out any left over moisture in the atmosphere resulting in flurries. It’s actually fairly common.

  7. Ruth says:

    We have a dusting of snow. That’s more than I thought we would get. Which is pretty sad.

  8. Schroeder says:

    0.37 inches of rain fell in my backyard yesterday. Zero snowfall since November 12th, 2019. It was 1993 when we haven’t recorded any snowfall in January and that’s not counting a trace. This Arctic air is shallow and I’m glad we don’t have a stationary front to our south to cause an overrunning event resulting in an Ice Storm here in central Kentucky. However, I’m concerned that may happen in February and March with the possibility of a major Ice Storm event here since we are well over due since 2009. To get though’s late season heavy wet snowstorms you need phasing and colder upper level lows which are absent this Winter here in the Ohio Valley, due to Winter weather has moved north and west and our protector a strong Southeast High Pressure Ridge has ruined our chances for Winter weather for over three years here in Kentucky. Have a quiet and pleasant Sunday everyone.

  9. Mike S says:

    “VERY” windy yesterday??? Okay, maybe for some. I don’t believe it reached the wind advisory criteria for several of us yesterday, including my area.
    https://www.weather.gov/lmk/peakwindgusts01182020
    Other than an isolated Twitter report of tree damage yesterday, this wind event did not live up to the “McGregor” type week long hype we were expecting this time.

  10. Schroeder says:

    The predicted wind event was overblown for my area of central Kentucky. No pun intended. lol

  11. Schroeder says:

    Just for fun I went back to the archives January 19, 2019 to see what was going on with the weather that day. Here it is : There was big time flooding in southeastern Kentucky and a Winter Storm Warning for 3 to 8 inches of snow in western Kentucky. I spoke too soon, we currently have partly sunny skies, hopefully we will have sunny skies and maybe we will warm some latter this afternoon.

  12. Illinois Mike says:

    It’s the coldest morning here in the Chicago area in 11 months… it’s 6 degrees above zero here in the SW suburbs as of 10 AM CST with a wind chill of 13 below zero. There’s about 1 1/2 inches of packed snow on the ground.

    The early-morning low was 2 above.

    • Schroeder says:

      Illinois Mike, When I was growing up in south central Indiana ( the 1960’s ) we always heard of major snowstorms in the Chicago area every Winter and a couple of days later we would have snow on the ground. I also remember when it rained anytime during the Winter months the rain always turned to snow with at lease four inches on the ground. It has really changed since then. Winter weather has really moved farther north and I never thought I would live to see the climate change like this.

  13. Melva says:

    Got a nice little snow flurry action and a very pretty coating of snow on the groun this morning. A nice, unexpected surprise!

  14. BubbaG says:

    Three mile jog with very sparse flurries. Better than rain.

  15. Terry says:

    So sad…looks like the flurries made it to about the Hal Roger’s PKWY and stopped. Nothing in Harlan but a few clouds and cold winds.

    • Schroeder says:

      Same here Terry. That two inches of snow that fell in November, came during the early morning hours, so I haven’t even seen a snowflake fall from the sky so far this season. I hope February and March we at lease see some snow showers as I’m forgetting what snow looks like when it falls. What a long snow drought we are having !

      • Terry says:

        Not that it will for sure happen as these winters are not identical, similar only, but 1993 was a pretty snowless, warm winter with a few small snows in fall, none in January, few in February, and then, BAM! A big blizzard! Most of Harlan’s 1992-1993 season came on March 12th-14th with 30 inches!

        • Schroeder says:

          Terry I was in Evansville, Indiana at that time of the blizzard of 1993, so we didn’t get in on that action. But we had a lot of those heavy wet snows in February and March. Did Campbellsville, Kentucky get any snow during the blizzard of 1993 ? I guess I can look that up.

          • Schroeder says:

            The main difference is that I notice the last several years the cold fronts particular in the Autumn months do not sink farther south like they use towards the western Gulf of Mexico. Now that is a change.

          • Terry says:

            Very little. I think up to 3 to 4 inches only as your area was on the western edge of the storm.

            • Schroeder says:

              I just looked that up, but thank you for your information Terry. I’m beginning to think that where I live is not the place to live if you are a snow lover. I may have to change to a rain lover. LOL

  16. Mike S says:

    If Louisville records an average that is 1.2 degrees below normal each day for the rest of the month, Louisville will still finish in a tie for 10th warmest month of January.

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