Data has held the cold air in place for Friday morning and Friday afternoon for several days now. The only thing that one can even dare to question is how extremely cold will it get? I'll have more on that down the page! So read ahead if that's what you are looking for.
Wednesday night-Thursday morning looks to be the arrival time of the 2nd clipper system this week. I mentioned yesterday that track means everything for the snowfall potential. As I write these words... that track has again changed a little more towrds the south. This is good if you are wanting another chance for some snow. We need this clipper to really swing pretty far to the south in order to receive the decent snowfall possibility (by decent I mean a couple of inches). I have been a little cautious with my wording for snow on Thursday, but I have kept a chance in my 7-Day. Now with this track changing it will at least bring a better chance to Kentucky.
One factor that could enhance the probability of the snow is the invasion of cold air Wednesday morning. That could also help the track's southern route become more of a reality. I do expect temps to fall into the teens in many locations! Basically, my thoughts on Thursday-Friday snow is looking a little more promising. I'll have more on this in my next post.
The blast will first arrive on Thursday morning. This keeps high in the low 20s for Thursday and also brings a chance of some snow shower activity. Again, this could change depending on that track. This will also be the windiest period for the transfer over to the arctic air. So some of those wind chill readings could be below zero even here in eastern Kentucky (refer to wind chill chart). The true cold air will take over early Friday morning. How cold will it get? Daytime highs will only be around 15 at best after the blast is in Kentucky. The overnight lows will be bringing the big guns out. So it wouldn't be out of the question to see lows around 2 above zero on Friday morning. If you travel north into central Kentucky or northern Kentucky you could see lows below zero.
Wind won't be a big issue throughout the duration of the blast, but it will be Thursday. This chart is much like the old multiplication charts that hang in classrooms across America. Find your temp on the side and then check the wind speed at the top and you will find the number where the meet.
Lows still look the same graphically!
Next week is also looking pretty active. I'll touch more on that after the cold air arrives.
Here are some water pipe tips for you!
Seal all openings where cold air can get at unprotected water pipes. It’s especially important to keep cold wind away from pipes, which speeds up the freezing process.
Cover pipes with foam or fiberglass insulation sleeves, the thicker the better. Install heating tapes or cables on vulnerable pipes. Be sure to follow manufacturer instructions carefully to avoid starting a fire.
Leave cabinet doors open under the kitchen and bathroom sinks to allow warmer room air to circulate around pipes.
Let faucets drip slowly to keep water flowing through pipes that are vulnerable to freezing. Ice might still form in the pipes, but an open faucet allows water to escape before the pressure builds to where a pipe can burst. If the dripping stops, it may mean that ice is blocking the pipe; keep the faucet open, since the pipe still needs pressure relief.
I'll also be talking about the popular phrase "Too Cold To Snow" is it true? I'll have more on that in Wednesday's post!