Weekend storm to pack a punch

Good Thursday to one and all. The milder weather pattern is rolling into our part of the world. It’s going to hang around into the upcoming weekend and is likely to bring some wild weather with it.

Temps on Thursday will soar into the 50s on a gusty southwesterly wind. Our skies will be filled with a mix of sun and clouds. Those clouds will eventually produce some showers on Friday. That’s when a cold front works into the Ohio Valley and slows down. Highs will be well into the 50s on Friday.

The setup for Saturday and Sunday is getting my attention for the potential for high winds and strong storms. Here’s the setup from the GFS:

Highs ahead of this will spike well into the 60s on Saturday and Sunday. All of that comes crashing down Sunday night and Monday, as temps drop more than 40 degrees. Winds could gust to 40 mph or better at times as the change happens.

The system coming in this weekend is similar in nature to two others that we’ve had to go through over the past 6 weeks or so. Remember the storm and wind maker on Halloween? It was accompanied by mild weather that was an island in a sea of cold. We had a few snowflakes about a week before that, and we had snow on the ground not too long after it in early November.

The big Ohio Valley severe weather maker hit in the middle of November. That one also featured a few days of mild in a sea of cold. Several snow and ice events followed that.

Getting the picture? December to date has been cold across Kentucky. Many areas are 1 to 3 degrees colder than normal (minus the terrible thermometer at Blue Grass Airport). The month has been cold nationwide:

December temps

To further illustrate the point I’m making, look where temps go after our weekend system moves through:GFS 2

Have a great day and take care.

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