Frigid With Festive Flakes

Good Sunday afternoon. Winter is pushing back in as we speak and the pattern ahead is likely to lead to a harsh month of January for much of the country. Some warning shots are being thrown our way this week as we track some festive flakes and frigid temps for our Christmas week.

A wave of low pressure will indeed develop along our front as it slips to the east of us. This means another surge of showers across eastern Kentucky this evening and overnight. The back edge of this will be in the form of some light snow and flurries as it works eastward into Monday morning. Temps will be in the 30s tonight and stay there into Monday as winds gust up.

Those winds are ahead of a stronger push of cold air that arrives for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Check out the frigid numbers…


Throw in gusty winds and single digit wind chills are a good bet. What about some snow to go with that cold? I do think some festive flakes are possible as a couple of disturbances wok in from the northwest. The NAM is picking up on these…


I don’t think too many people would complain about arctic cold temps and some flakes flying around Christmas.

Another weak system dives in on Thursday and may be another flake maker. That’s a quick shot of cold that is being pushed to our east by a bigger system coming behind it next weekend…


Check out the air behind that arctic front…


From there… it’s game on for the potential for a very harsh winter pattern to grip much of the country for January. The GFS Ensembles temp anomalies (Celsius) map grows colder by the run for the first week of the year…

GFS 3Have a great rest of the day and take care.

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25 Responses to Frigid With Festive Flakes

  1. BubbaG says:

    Lots of cold air, but perhaps all a lot of us might see in January are festive flakes. I love this term for non-accumulating snow 🙂 Not sure how festive folks would feel though if correct…

    Help us, Clipper! Save the day (month) with your fins of snow!

    • MikeM says:

      At least while we in Central KY are enjoying our festive flakes we don’t have to watch our friends to the west, north and east enjoy accumulating snow this week.

  2. retro fetch says:

    sounds good to me!

    thanks Chris!

  3. troy says:

    Kentucky winter rule states that an influx of very cold air = no chance for measurable snow, only flurries…. The system for “next weekend” will = 33+ degree rain/freezing rain. Sorry for the negativity but this is in fact the dominant pattern, time after time after time. I just don’t feel that that blockbuster snowfall is gonna line up in the stars for us.

  4. MikeM says:

    Bryant (AKA Blowtorch),
    57 average for January looking pretty slim don’t you think?

  5. Crystal In Pikeville says:

    Thanks Chris at least we will have the cold.I couldn’t stand the thoughts of a 70 degree Christmas!

  6. Corey says:

    Electric company said it could be tomorrow before we get our power back on..:(

  7. which way is the wind blowing says:

    if that pattern becomes reality it should put us in a favorable position to record some accumulating snow.
    I like the fluffy snow that those systems brings to our area.

  8. Fire says:

    Imagine another post about CKY won’t get anything. Lol!

  9. Strummer says:

    Sorry this is off topic, but I just wanted to say thanks to Jeff for his help last night with the storms and when they might impact my family.My family and I stayed up until 2 am, watching the radars and reading twitter, KWC, etc for updates, but the good news is that they made it through just fine! Thank you so much, Jeff, for taking the time to help me keep them informed! I truly appreciated your help!

    Merry Christmas to everyone here at Kentucky Weather Center and especially to Chris, who makes this place possible for each of us!

  10. AP says:

    Just give me one snow day in January!!!! Please!

  11. AP says:

    Just give me one snow day in January!!!! Please!

  12. Seth says:

    Looks like we have a big warmup on tap after Christmas. Ironic that we had more snow in November than we will have for this December in Lexington. (1.4″ vs 0.6″)

  13. ben in Lexington says:

    Where in Chris’s post did you see that it was going to warm up after Christmas? I do believe he said the opposite. Are you dyslexic or what? Geeshhh

  14. Conn says:

    Weather channel has most of January to be warmer for entire country.

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