Wednesday Afternoon Update

Good afternoon, folks. Pockets of light snow and flurries continue to put down some light accumulations out there today, as the arctic air remains. If you’re looking for a thaw, it’s on the way as we slowly pull out of this historically cold pattern.

Todays light snow will continue to put down some light accumulations…

Many of those flakes are arctic in nature, with very little moisture content, so they won’t show up on radars.

Lows tonight are back into the single digits, but that may be the last we see of those for a while.

We start to moderate those temps over the few days, with some milder days actually settling in for Saturday and Sunday. That’ ahead of a strong cold front, producing gusty winds and a wall of rain crossing the state late Sunday and Monday…

There could be a touch of snow behind that as temps take a bit of a dip. Seasonally cold air does sweep in behind that system through next week, but the pattern is going to skew milder over the final few weeks of the month. Watch these big shots of milder temps try to fight off colder shots diving in from the north…

Obviously, that’s a VERY active setup, with storm systems crossing the country…

Is this the famed “January Thaw” setting up? That seems like a realistic possibility, but if it’s just a “thaw”, it means more winter will follow that. My winter forecast of a milder February isn’t too happy with the long term prospects I’m seeing. That said, it’s loving the front loaded winter we have had to this point. 🙂

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

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17 Responses to Wednesday Afternoon Update

  1. Schroeder says:

    Thanks Chris for the update: This morning, we added one inch of snow to take our total up to eight inches. I think tonight skies will clear and our temperature will bottom out below zero ? As you said in your blog the weather is going to get very changeable over the rest of this month and into February, I agree with that analogy. The Pacific, the Gulf, the Atlantic and the Arctic are all going to become very active and effect the weather big time here in the Ohio Valley.

  2. WeatherDadof2 says:

    Just the thoughts of a “thaw” get me ready for sand, sun, and fun! Glad for our snowy days but will be glad for a “warm up” to seasonal temps. Enjoy some sleep Chris…thanks for all you do!

  3. winter lover says:

    This active pattern that Chris is talking about could bring heavy wet snow to our area. Looks like the warm and cold air will meet and could very well set that up or it could bring just plain ole rain, only time will tell.

  4. Virgil E. says:

    Team #Thaw!!!

  5. Rhonda Blanton says:

    Thanks, Chris. I appreciate the update.

  6. JPatrick says:

    In Siberia, it’s been as cold as -88 recently. I will not complain about our cold weather.

  7. Jimbo says:

    Impressive Clipper system yesterday in my area (Teays Valley WV). Ended up with 5 inches, that’s the most from any one storm in almost 2 years. Hope to get more snow until March 1 then Spring. Appreciate all you do Chris………Take Care

  8. Mike S says:

    It only took just 2 snow events in Paducah to go from snowless to an above average snow season, beating that by over 3″. In fact, the 12.4″ so far has even exceeded the 2015/2016 snow season’s 12.1″.

  9. winter lover says:

    What happen to all the naysayers people that usually post on here. ole man winter put there perspective to a mute.

  10. TeachLou says:

    Have had some nice surprises lately in East Louisville. Light snow fell here through the night and all morning. Only another 1/4 to 1/2 an inch in places near me. There are still neighborhood roads in the metro that haven’t been touched. I love snow days just as much as my teacher colleagues, just not all at once.

  11. Terry says:

    The blog post makes sense that Chris hinted that winter is likely not over in Feb this year as Russia has been near -80 for days now. If the blocking re-established in a few weeks, watch out!

  12. winter lover says:

    What GLOBAL WARMING !, I guess the so call scientist is going to blame this bitterly cold spell that’s in parts of the world to global warming.

    • which way is the wind blowing says:

      Who is your go to science on the subject.
      I am always interested in learning about all the evidence on the subject.
      Both of the the polar caps still have ice on the continent.
      I was watching a show recently that showed thousand foot pieces of ice following into the ocean.
      There is no doubt that the ice at the poles are melting at an enormous rate.

    • msd says:

      Didn’t know that you could take a few % of the earth’s surface temperature and use it as a proxy for the entire globe. It’s called global for a reason.

  13. msd says:

    Chris is thinking his February outlook is not in good shape, which means these winter games will likely continue. There’s a setup next week which he alluded to as well, so this thaw doesn’t seem to be long lasting (sigh…)

    • Terry says:

      Lol…I can understand your sigh pertaining to the cold; however, I part ways with you in regards to snow as I want at least one decent event here in Harlan….yesterday failed us here in far SE KY.

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