High Wind Warning & Another Cold Blast

Since I last posted anything here we have gone froma High Wind Watch to a High Wind Warning. This is a big weather mess for a big chunk of the country!

Tuesday ended up being a very wet one across the region. Rainfall totals will continue to climb since it is still raining while I am writing this. Here's one way to keep up with that right here.

Regional Radar

Here's another way to keep up with the rainfall for the KY Mesonet sites.

The effects we'll see won't be closely tied to the rain... it will be from the high winds & the rainfall combo! We'll begin experienceing these high winds during the overnight hours and through much of the day on Wednesday. As I mentioned in my last post, at the peak of the wind event, our sustained wind speeds will hover around the 30mph mark and the gusts could be knocking on the door of 60mph. When you consider the rainfall that we have seen and the winds together... it could make for some major issues. The ground is saturated and that means that it has been softened up some. When a strong gust of wind comes blowing in it can uproot trees and they can fall on homes, people, powerlines, and whatever may be in the way. Obviously, if the trees strike a person or cause significant damage your home that is terrible. If these trees come tumbling down on powerlines that can also be a terrble situation since I am expecting temperatures to fall into the 20s for lows on Thursday and into the teens on Friday. What a terrible time for your heat to go out! Just be prepared for a very windy period in our region on Wednesday!

Keep up with the winds with the KY Mesonet sites.

It will be an extremely windy day so please take necessary precautions to keep you, your family, and your property safe!

This is only one of two events that are on my radar... get it... "What's on Jim's Radar" lol! Maybe I should include that in every post?!?! I'll let you guys decide that!

The cold blast is really looking pretty tough for the end of the week. I am putting teens in for lows for the first time in a long time. Daytime highs will hang around the 30 degree mark on a couple of days. The cold air will be here and it looks like so will the moisture! I could get on here and begin saying that we'll see some snow, but I am waiting for this first major system to get out of here before we start going into great detail on snowfall in our region. We'll look at the a little more closely on Wednesday.

We aren't seeing the worst part of this system. North of here folks are seeing BLIZZARD WARNINGS. Power wind gusts, white outs, extreme cold, just a plain old mess! I love snow, but I do not envy those folks right now. It is a very dangerous and life threatening situation that many in the midwest are going through! Keep them in your thoughts and prayers! Some areas could see up to 20" of snow. With the winds whippping as fast as they will be... Snow drifts could be even higher!

I will be anxious to see how this map changes over the next couple of days. This is a snow cover map.

The air that travels over this snow cover will not have a chance to warm up very much at all. That means that some really cold air could be coming. It works like a refrigerator and keeps the air cold!

C-Ya Bye

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