Before we begin talking weather forecast stuff... let's talk about what was going on in parts of Kentucky earlier on Wednesday. As I watched the LIVE PinPoint Doppler on Wednesday morning I noticed the color pink showing up in some spotty locations. In case you have no clue what that means... I'll tell you... wintry mix. That means either, snow-rain, freezing rain, or sleet. After hearing different reports from across the region I now know that it was sleet. The air was cold enough at the surface for it to have been some snow though. All ground truth reports that I have seen suggest otherwise! What a way to start an early November morning.
(Image Courtesy: NOAA)
I still expect Thursday to be much cooler than Wednesday. There was a quick change showing up from one part of our region to the next. During WYMT First At Four I pointed out that temps from Middlesboro to Hazard were very different. As a bird flies or as an airmass travels it's only around 44 miles away. Obviously, it is a much longer haul when trying to drive that route. I have seen bigger contrasts, but this one was still pretty decent. It was even more impressive right before I went on the air with the data.
Many folks will stay in the 40s and low 50s on Thursday. The northerly flow will keeps things held down through the day. I mentioned flow there... and when the flow changes from Northerly to Southerly we end up getting a pretty good deal out of it all. That's what will happen here beginning on Friday. The high that will bring this wind change will be stubborn for a few days. Which simply means that we will benefit with some pretty warm temps. The first dose of the really warm stuff will be here on Saturday and stick around through Tuesday.
The next big player in our weather pattern will begin moving through Kentucky on Tuesday so that will end our nice streak. Leading up to that highs could go as high as the mid-upper 60s or even into the low 70s if everything plays out just right.