Looking for spring, finding more winter

Chief Meteorologist Shane Smith is on the hunt for the elusive extended stretch of spring weather, but is not having much luck.

Shh...be very, very quiet.  I'm hunting spring weather...

I'm a self confessed snow lover.  Spending the first four years of my career in West Virginia was awesome in that regard, because I saw over 300 inches of snow in those years.  However, dealing with that much snow and cold was enough to make this snow lover want a break.  I saw it last year coming home to a not so bad winter here in Kentucky.  This winter is really reminding me of winter up in the mountains of West Virginia, and unfortunately it doesn't look like we are done with it just yet... even though spring starts this week.

On March 20th at 12:57 EDT, we will experience the vernal equinox... the official beginning of spring.  The Earth will experience equal day light across the entire planet and it's axis is neither point toward or away from the sun.  For us it means the days will continue growing longer as we go into summer, but the weather patterns aren't going to feel too spring like heading into spring. 

 

Tuesday should be a decent day weather wise across southern and eastern Kentucky.  Highs will top out in the lower 60s and by the afternoon we should see mainly sunny skies.  Wednesday however a cold front will cross the state and bring us a few showers mainly in the afternoon.


 

 

After that things really warm up heading into the end of the week.  Some of our computer models are taking us into the mid to upper 60s by Friday.
 

 

However the warm up will be short lived.  Another cold front is set to enter the Bluegrass State on Saturday, and will bring us more rain showers.
 

 

And then the temperatures come crashing down.  In fact the GFS model is hinting at more flakes flying around Tuesday of next week.  

I think I need to request some time off to go hunting for spring.  Someone needs to find it and bring it here for good.  This winter stuff is getting way too out of hand.  

-Shane Smith

 

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