Multiple Chances of Wintry Mess

Chief Meteorologist Shane Smith is tracking 3 distinct chances at wintry weather over the next week.

 Mother nature is lining up with a triple play of winter weather in the forecast over the next week for Eastern Kentucky.  Let's get right to it.  Our first bout of the wintry mess, and the one that looks like it will have the least impact is coming up Saturday morning.  It's looking like a few scattered snow/rain showers will roll across the region early on Saturday.  This will then change to plain rain pretty quickly after sunrise as temperatures make a run into the 50s by Saturday afternoon.

The next round, and frankly the most concerning at this point looks to impact us on Monday.  A very strong arctic air mass is diving in from the north and will bring us a serious shot of cold air.  This cold air is going to slam into warm and moist air off to the south and a boundary will develop somewhere in our neighborhood.  Low pressure will develop along this boundary and bring us quite the shot at some wintry weather.  Details are still not clear, but it looks like we will go from rain, to freezing rain and sleet, to light snow in Eastern Kentucky.  The period of Freezing rain could be quite significant on Monday, but we won't know more about that until early into the weekend. 

 The final storm I have my eye looks like it will pass down through the south late next week, potentially on late Wednesday or early Thursday.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, these southern storms are trouble makers.  Even though most of the models have it pretty far to the south right now, history shows these storms tend to track north as we get closer to them happening.  I'll be willing to bet this storm will do the same, so even though the Canadian shows the brunt to our south, it may come back to the north as we get into next week.



So there you have it, three chances of winter weather in the next week.  Even though meteorological spring starts on Saturday, I think it's going to be a while before we get into some "spring-like" weather.  

-Shane Smith

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