Harsh winter continues, any end in sight?

By: Brandon Orr
By: Brandon Orr

Meteorologist Brandon Orr digs into the archives to see just how cold this winter is and peeks into the future to find out if any relief is on the way.

We are on the cusp of another arctic blast for eastern Kentucky. It surely is not the first time you have heard that this winter. To see just how cold it has been, I looked at observations taken at the National Weather Service in Jackson, KY, where records go back to the early 1980s. We have already had nine days of high temperatures at or below freezing (32°F)  this winter.

With another polar air mass streaming in this week, we will likely add a couple more days to the list before January wraps up.  The coldest temperature so far this season occured on the morning of January 7, 2014 when we hit -7°F in Jackson.

As an arctic front plows through Monday morning, temperatures will fall throughout the day from the upper 20s to the upper teens by early evening. The falling temperatures do not stop there as we will be in the lower single digits to start the day Tuesday.  Combined with the wind, it will feel like -10°F in spots.

Wednesday morning will likely be the coldest night of the week with temperatures around 0°F, and some valleys may fall a couple degrees below zero. With winds slightly weaker, wind chills will not be as low.

The low temperatures could cause water pipes to freeze and result in more water problems for some. Monday will be a good time to get water stocked and take care of pets that need shelter from the cold air.

By next weekend, warmer air will filter into the eastern Coalfields, but the moisture will follow. We could be facing a storm system that brings a wintry mix of rain, sleet, snow, and freezing rain. Our computer models are in major disagreement this far out, so we will keep you updated through this week as we fine tune the forecast.

- Meteorologist Brandon Orr (Add me on Facebook!)

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