Say good-bye to the taste of Spring that we had in eastern Kentucky this past weekend... winter is making a comeback. There are several opportunities for snow in the near future, so I will break this blog post down into sections outlining what we know so far.
- Sunday night into Monday morning: A cold front will combine with the setting sun to drop temperatures into the upper 20s after reaching highs into the 60s on Sunday. This will change a line of light rain into snow as it pushes across the eastern Coalfields. The system is moisture starved so little to no accumulation is expected. Pavement temperatures are also above freezing initially so they are expected to be mainly wet. As temperatures crash into the upper 20s by Monday morning, any leftover moisture is expected to freeze into black ice. If you are traveling Monday morning, be aware of patches of black ice, even if most of the roadway is dry.
- Another disturbance will pass through late Tuesday night into the first part of the day Wednesday. Temperatures will be cold enough to support mainly snow. Light accumulations (generally around an inch and less) are possible and could create a few slick spots for the Wednesday morning commute. Also, a cold Canadian air mass will settle in Wednesday with highs struggling to reach the 30s and will leave us waking up in the teens Thursday morning.
- Friday night into Saturday we will be watching an area of low pressure develop in the southeastern U.S. which could throw back a wintry mix into eastern Kentucky. Since this is five days away, our computer models differ quite a bit with the evolution of this storm system, so this is one that we will be watching closely through the week.
As usual with a complicated, active weather pattern like this, forecast uncertainty is rather high. Stay with us through the week as we pinpoint the details.
-Meteorologist Brandon Orr (Like me on Facebook!)