The cold takes control

Good Monday to one and all. We’re closing out the year on a cold note across Kentucky. The new year laughs at the cold we have now and is likely to throw some serious cold our way in the coming weeks.

Highs today will run in the upper 20s on a gusty northwesterly wind. Those winds will make it feel even colder. A couple of flurries and light snow showers are likely early in the day.

Your daily dose of tracking tools:

Current temperatures

The weather to ring in 2014 looks to feature cold air and the smallest chance of a few snow flurries. I don’t expect any travel problems for New Year’s Eve revelers.

We will see a new system working into the region Wednesday night and Thursday. A low-pressure area will work across the region and give way to a bigger system along the east coast. This is likely to produce a swath of light snow across the area Thursday, with snow showers and squalls Thursday night and Friday morning.

Here’s how the European Model sees the system:

Euro

I don’t think it would be anything more than a couple inches, unless the lead low comes a tad farther south. That’s a possibility, and we will keep a close eye on it.

This system also will bring a ton of wind and arctic air through Friday.

There will be no rest in tracking systems as a significant blast of arctic air surges our way by late next weekend and the following week. This can develop another big system that is likely to affect our weather.

I have never witnessed a computer model showing temperatures of 50 degrees below normal — until now:

Euro

That is just absurd to see. Will that even come close? We will have to wait and see, but every model is now locked into a major arctic outbreak during the same time.

There’s a lot of winter ahead of us.

Enjoy the day and take care.

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