Saturday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon, everybody. As we roll through a gorgeous weekend across the bluegrass state, all eyes are turning toward the big change to winter for the upcoming week.

I’m jumping through hoops with poor cell phone service to get you guys this early afternoon update. So let’s get after it.

Our major cold front is still on target to arrive on Tuesday with gusty winds, showers and thunderstorms, and a huge temperature drop …

Cold air spills in behind this front on Wednesday and the cold continues to increase as the week wears on. A few flurries or periods of light snow will be possible from late Wednesday into Thursday, but the models continue to track a more potent upper level system diving in from the north west on Friday and lasting into Saturday…

That is accompanied by a strong clipper working across the lower Ohio Valley. If that’s the case some decent snows would be possible to cross the Ohio Valley with wraparound snow showers and squalls behind this as north westerly winds really crank up …

The exact track and intensity of that clipper remains to be seen. It’s still too far out to determine how much of a snow impact it can have on our weather in Kentucky, but the chance for accumulating snow‘s is certainly there.

Arctic air surges in behind that clipper and may push when chills to near zero at times later Saturday into Sunday…

Overall, this continues to be a very cold pattern taking shape for the rest of December. Individual snow chances will be dealt with on a case by case basis. It is important for everyone to understand that computer models will vary greatly on timing and intensity with each and every run, so you can’t get caught up in any one particular computer model run.  With so much energy diving through this deepening trough,  models may miss one of these clippers and then catch on within a day or two of it actually doing something in our region.

I will give you another update later this evening. Make it a good one and take care.

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11 Responses to Saturday Afternoon Update

  1. Schroeder says:

    Chris, thanks for explaining how the computer models work. This is new to me all of this computer stuff gets to be overwhelming. I am old compare to the other commentators, but not too old to learn. Look forward to your continuing weather updates.

    • Jamie says:

      Agreed…I very much like it when Chris goes into the “how I do it” mode. Much respect to Mr. Bailey for the gift of this site.

  2. Coffeelady says:

    Thanks Chris! Getting the big quilt out for the bed! Have a wonderful Saturday afternoon everyone!

    • Prelude says:

      Just turn the heat up

      • MarkLex says:

        Not really – I’ve always kept the house cold but bundled up under warm blankets and slept much better than if the heat was turned up. Then I recently saw a headline saying people sleep better with temps in the house from 65 to 67 degrees in the house; that too warm of a house isn’t good for sleep. When I read that I’m agreeing with it like crazy. I’ve always felt that way. My AC is churning in the summer but in the winter I keep the heat on 64

  3. Andy Rose says:

    Today is not as nice as yesterday in my back yard. I’m still waiting to see the actual sun.

  4. Israel says:

    @MarkLex, I both lurked and left. Got caught up in life things, and surprisingly forgot about this blog most of the warm season once winter last year left. Now I’m back, and cold weather reminds me of CB’s blog so here I am Haha! I feel like that happens to most of the traffic on this site anyways, it picks up throughout the fall and is at peak when we are in the coldest peak of winter. So seasons directly correlate to the amount traffic on this site.

    • MarkLex says:

      Ya – unless there is some dramatic weather during summer, this blog is super quiet with one post per day. And other than the tropical remnants coming through here, the past 2 summers have been Boring with a capital B. I’ve gotten so used to checking in daily over the years it’s habit for me all year.

  5. Scott king says:

    Thanks again Chris for all you do in keeping us all updated on your weather blog. I live in Science Hill Kentucky and trust your knowledge over everyone else.

  6. Kim says:

    Good afternoon all. I live in the WV, KY, OH tri-state area. Kitts Hill, OH is my actual address. I so miss Chris being on channel 3 but like others have said, I start checking his blog when snow or severe weather is mentioned. Chris is the go to weather guy as far as I am concerned.

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