It felt fairly mild outside today to end out the weekend. We hit a high of 56°F at the weather office in Jackson, KY. Believe it or not, that is right around average and compared to the air mass that is set to stream into eastern Kentucky over the next couple of days, 50s might feel a little chilly.
High pressure will slide to our southeast, allowing southwest breezes to usher in high temperatures in the mid 60s on Monday with dry conditions. In fact, I think there will be hardly a cloud in the sky for much of the day. Tuesday will be even warmer, despite a bit more clouds, with temperatures cracking 70°F in many locations.
Hopefully you will get a chance to enjoy it before we get reminded that it is still Winter. A storm system moving over Kentucky will bring on and off rain, possibly a rumble or two of thunder, through the day Wednesday. Temperatures will start out in the 50s, but don’t be fooled! By the afternoon they will plummet into the 30s as the wind switches to the northwest. Eventually the rain will transition to snow showers Wednesday night. Northwesterly winds behind storm systems like this hit the mountains and get forced upward. This upward motion squeezes out the moisture and will likely cause enough light snow showers to create very light accumulations in spots through early Thursday morning. Cold weather will follow for a couple days with temperatures struggling to reach the mid 30s on Thursday, despite some sunshine.
As always, all of us here with Sky Alert Weather will be watching it through the week.
-Meteorologist Brandon Orr (Find me on Facebook!)