Bitter Cold Continues

Chief Meteorologist Shane Smith takes a look at how long the bitter cold will last.

It's a cold spell the likes of which we haven't seen around here in almost 2 decades.  I talked to our friends over at the National Weather Service office in Jackson earlier today, and they told me they had to go back to January 19, 1994 to find widespread -20 wind chills across eastern Kentucky. Temperatures will drop to between -5 to -10 tonight as skies clear out.

The good news tomorrow is that we get back to double digits for highs.  The bad news is it will not be warm enough to allow salts to start working on the roads again, so slick spots will still be around.  Check out the forecast highs tomorrow from the European Forecast Model.

The warming trend continues into Wednesday thanks to a southerly wind.  It will return highs to the 30s after starting  with morning lows in the lower teens.  Thursday some of us may make a run at 40 if the European model is correct. 

 We flash forward to the weekend when rain returns to the region, but so do warmer temperatures.  In face highs on both Saturday and Sunday are looking to be in the upper 40s.  After this cold spell I will not complain about a cold January rain.  The models may be running just a bit to aggressive on the warm up, but either way it will be significantly warmer than what we saw today.

Now I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we may not be done with the January cold.  Remember in my winter forecast I called for a prolonged period of cold in January and it looks like we may in fact see a second round.  Check out this map showing the departure from normal temperatures around the 18th of January.  

That would indicate another shot at an arctic outbreak across the region towards the middle of the month.  It's something we will keep a close eye on as we go through the next couple of weeks.  Until next time, stay warm and stay safe!


-Shane Smith



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