After limping our way through this winter, we are finally getting some relief from winter. After a half a foot of snow fell in parts of the eastern Coalfields Monday, we have rebounded our temperatures into the 60s this weekend. In fact, it has been our first weekend without at least a trace of snowfall since January 12.
So far this winter, 33.4” of snowfall has been measured this winter at the weather office in Jackson. Average winter snowfall is 23.5”, which means we are just about 10 inches above average for the season. Climatology also tells us that we should still be on the lookout for snow chances even into April, so we could be adding onto these numbers.
Enough about the past, let’s focus on the future since this weekend’s warmth is not the warmest air that will stream in over the next week. A weak cold front will pass Saturday night, pullling the leash on temperatures and keeping them around average in the low to mid 50s. Southwesterly beezes to start the work week will boost temperatures into the low to mid 60s on Monday and upper 60s on Tuesday. It is likely some locations, especially in the Cumberland River Valley, crack the 70 degree mark. The European computer model (below) seems to have the right idea on temperatures.
Attention then turns to a storm system expected to move over or near Kentucky on Wednesday. With a low pressure system taking this track, rain is the expected precipitation type. However, on the back side of this storm system, a brief period of light snow showers may follow. Some very light accumulations are possible, but certainly nothing major from this type of set-up. This will allow cooler air to filter in to end out the work week.
Enjoy the great weather coming up early this week!
-Meteorologist Brandon Orr (Find me on Facebook)